Success! The Seventh Annual GeoElections User’s Conference
The headliner at the conference this year was guest speaker Catherine Clark McCully, Chief of US Census Redistricting Data Office. Chief McCully spoke about the 2010 preparations of data for use in redistricting and the opportunities available for Florida Elections officials to participate in Phase II BBSP/VTD Update Program.
Attendees learned how to use the GeoAuthor® VTD Edition application developed by ICW to assist clients with the easiest to use software with which to participate in the VTD Update Program with the Census Bureau.
The Development of GeoAuthor®
After two years of intense analysis and design, an on going initiative by the people at ICW is realized. Designed for the express use of editing TIGER/Line products from the Bureau of the Census and networks of diverse features from local GIS projects, GeoAuthor® VTD Edition is a derivative product of GeoAuthor® which provides the core technology for working with the VTD TIGER/Line Shapefiles. VTD Update participants now have a set of tools that simplify the data editing and reporting process.
ICW Introduced GeoAuthor® VTD Edition Software
Innovation continues where geography and imagination converge. When the target moves, the people at ICW respond. The US Census Bureau has released VTD TIGER/Line Shapefiles. This new format will be used in the P.L. 94-171 data for redistricting and ideal for use with GeoElections®. The GeoAuthor® VTD Edition is designed as the easiest to use product for VTD Update participants including numerous data integrity checks to maximize the accuracy and eliminate mistakes. First demonstrated at the 7th Annual GeoElections User’s Conference, attendees received extensive training.
GeoAuthor® Brings New Versatility With Vertical Integration
The Development of GeoAuthor® has been an on going initiative by the people at ICW for over two years and is designed with the versatility to leverage significant existing investments in GIS data from multiple sources. In keeping with the rich legacy of vertical application design, GeoAuthor® is the foundation tier upon which a wealth of functionality is poised. The lego block architecture is open ended to support yet unforeseen application demands. Ease-of-use, versatility, powerful functionality, and vertical integration only begin to describe the suite of software ICW delivers and supports with the technology in GeoAuthor®. With GeoAuthor®, the user can make edits to the geometry and tabular attributes of GIS data. This includes realigning TIGER to local geometry (i.e. parcel maps, aerial photos, etc.), adding missing features (i.e. streets, water, jurisdictional boundaries, etc.), edit tabular attributes (i.e. names, address ranges, ZIP Codes, etc.) and use the diagnostic routines in GeoAuthor® to confirm the integrity of the data. GeoAuthor® also includes GeoPoints© which is designed to create and maintain geographic databases of points with tabular attributes (i.e. file of structure locations, polling places, fire hydrants, parcel centroids, etc.) all of which can be geocoded to for maximum location accuracy. Then vertically integrate your data with your discipline specific application.
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VTD Update As Easy As 1, 2, 3
1. Get your VTD TIGER/Line Shapefile from your State Liason, in FL, John Guthrie, (850) 487-487-5855 then create and setup your GeoAuthor VTD project.
2. Add lines (the Census calls these Edges) into the network of Edges to define VTD boundaries where lines do not exist. Run a GeoAuthor VTD Edition routine to create polygons from the closed areas in the Edges network (the Census call these Primitive Faces).
3. Update 3 columns in your table of Primitive Faces. You can use your precincts as a starter. Run the GeoAuthor VTD Report and build a file to submit.