workshop

Highlights from Exploring American FactFinder2

Amidst the heatwave striking the East Coast, participants gathered at Farmingdale State College, Greenley Library, for a hands-on training session with guest speaker Barbara Ferry, Data Dissemination Specialist, New York Regional Office, U.S. Census Bureau. 

The program kicked-off with an introduction to Census activities and resources including the American Community Survey (ACS), survey characteristics and differences, and Census geography.  Click on the image below to view a PDF handout of the presentation slides.

American FactFinder
Following the introduction to the Census, participants explored the American FactFinder, an online tool that provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys and is available online at: http://factfinder2.census.govClick on the image below to view a PDF handout of the presentation slides.

census handbookTo end the workshop, Barbara shared with us one of her favorite resources from Census.gov, which are the application and data anaylsis tools–in particular, the OnTheMap (http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/) tool.  OnTheMap is an online mapping and reporting application showing where workers are employed and where they live with companion reports on worker characteristics and optional filtering by age, earnings, or industry groups and is based on 2002–2010 LEHD Origin Destination Employment Statistics (LODES).

OnTheMap
Example search done using OnTheMap utilizing the Inflow/Outflow anaylsis tool.

Special thanks to Barbara Ferry, Farmingdale State College, Greenley Library, and all who attended.

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