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G eographic S upport S ystem Proposed Initiative – FY 2011 and Beyond. Timothy Trainor U.S. Census Bureau. What is the Proposed G eographic S upport S ystem Initiative?. A budget increase over our base Geographic Support System funding for a 10-year lifecycle program

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what is the proposed g eographic s upport s ystem initiative
What is the Proposed Geographic Support System Initiative?
  • A budget increase over our base Geographic Support System funding for a 10-year lifecycle program
  • An integrated program of improved address coverage, continual spatial feature updates, and enhanced quality assessment and measurement
    • All activities contribute to Master Address File (MAF) improvement
    • Builds on the accomplishments of this decade’s MAF/TIGER Enhancement Program (MTEP)
  • Supports the goal of a targeted (vs. nationwide) address canvassing for the 2020 Decennial Census
  • Continual updates throughout the decade support the American Community Survey and other current surveys

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why do we need the gss initiative
Why do we need the GSS Initiative?
  • A response to stakeholder and oversight recommendations
    • The General Accountability office, the Office of the Inspector General, and the National Academies of Science have reported deficiencies of the Geographic Support System in their evaluations
      • The lack of a comprehensive geographic update program between censuses
      • Associated negative impact on ongoing programs such as the American Community Survey, other current surveys, and small areas estimates programs
a logical next step
A logical next step…
  • Between 2003 – 2008 we worked with partners to update and improve the positional accuracy of TIGER
  • That effort was a HUGE success!!
  • The MAF/TIGER Accuracy Improvement Project was a significant investment that we want to build upon
  • Now focus is on improving our address coverage and quality and maintaining the spatial data
three integrated components
Three Integrated Components

Address Updates

123 Testdata Road

Anytown, CA 94939

Quality Measurement

Lat 37 degrees, 9.6 minutes N

Lon 119 degrees, 45.1 minutes W

Street/Feature

Updates

gss initiative addresses
GSS Initiative - Addresses
  • Complete and current address coverage in areas without city-style addresses
    • Focus on rural areas
    • Puerto Rico
    • Group Quarters
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GSS Initiative - Addresses
  • Currently, our primary sources for address updates:
    • USPS Delivery Sequence File (DSF)
    • Field updates from censuses and surveys
  • For FY 11 and beyond, additional sources will focus on best available data from partnership and commercial files
  • Currently strengthening our working relationship with USPS

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GSS Initiative - Addresses
  • Complete and current address coverage in areas without city-style address (particular focus on rural areas)
  • Beyond the annual American Community Survey, current surveys will be using the Master Address File to support their statistical frames and surveys
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Continuous update of street network and attributes

Developing a collaboration with USGS

Sources will focus on best available data from partnership and commercial files

Extensive use of imagery

Data acquisition

Data verification

Data quality assurance

GSS Initiative - Features

gss initiative quality
GSS Initiative - Quality
  • Quality improvements apply to:
    • Address and Spatial Data
    • IT Processes
    • Geographic Products
  • Quantitative measures of address and spatial data quality are needed
supporting a targeted address canvassing
Supporting a Targeted Address Canvassing
  • There will be a shift in focus
    • from canvassing each street to…
    • establishing an acceptable address list for each level of government
  • What defines “acceptable” will be a partnership collaboration between governments and the Census Bureau
  • Address quality will be an important component
program overview
Program Overview

Active Program

Existing

Expanded

Proposed Program

Research

Implementation

where are we now
Where are we now?
  • Our FY 2011 budget is waiting for approval by Congress
  • Geography Division management devoted a 2 day session to begin planning for the FY2011 proposed initiative
  • Census Bureau is forming teams to address specific topics:
    • Address coverage and sources
    • Feature coverage and sources
    • Policy
    • Partnerships
    • Quality assessment and evaluation
    • MAF/TIGER Integration
    • Research and Development
    • Geocoding
    • GPS
    • Project and Contract Management
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Ongoing WorkContracting Research & Development
  • Technical consulting expertise:
    • Attend the GEO offsite; identify key or unresolved issues, areas of potential concern, perceived knowledge gaps, recommendations COMPLETE
    • Research the state and anticipated future direction of addresses and addressing
    • Research the use of handheld computers by statistical agencies and other applicable users
    • Identify the current state and anticipated future direction of potentially useful developing technologies (example: change detection)
    • Research address and spatial data digital exchange and integration
    • Research geospatial data quality measurement
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Ongoing WorkOutreach and Market Research
  • Communicate with professional organizations
  • Communicate with advisory groups
  • Conduct market research
    • Develop a list of potential vendors/services
    • Cooperative research & development in areas of common interest using “no cost contracts”
    • Develop a GSS Initiative Contract Plan
questions
Questions?

Timothy F. Trainor

Chief, Geography Division

U.S. Census Bureau

[email protected]

(301)-763-2131

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