New 2016 Digital Roads Database

.. new resources for updated geographic reference and statistical mapping and geography for routing logistics and optimization .. The Census Bureau TIGER/Line is a continuously updated geographic database used for geographic reference and geospatial processing of data from various Census statistical programs including the decennial census Census 2010 and American Community Survey (ACS 2014). The public use version of TIGER is released annually that includes updates developed during the year. ProximityOne integrates the TIGER geographic updates in the Digital Map Database. Warren Glimpse, founder of ProximityOne, developed the GBF/DIME used as the prototype for TIGER/Line development.  See related Web section for more details, interactive table and access to GIS resources.

The TIGER database includes many types of files and data. The data are developed in the form of shapefiles and dbase files that may be used directly with the ProximityOne CV XE GIS software at no fee. Perform wide-ranging mapping and geospatial analysis applications using these GIS resources. See more aboutmapping statistical data.

TIGER/Line Roads Data
This section is focused mainly on the use of the TIGER/Line “edges” shapefile. The edges shapefile U.S. wall-to-wall street/road coverage in the form of line shapefiles. Lines classified as roads are intersection-to-intersection road segments. Line segment fields include name, left- and right-side high and low addresses, and many related attributes.

Use the U.S. by county interactive table below to examine attributes of TIGER 2016 street/road coverage. ProximityOne developed these county summary data by processing each county edges shapefile. See about using the edges shapefile with the CV XE GIS software below in this section.

Illustrative Applications
The following sequence of graphics shows an example of a “road segment” in context of related geography. These applications focus on an area in Kansas City, MO (Jackson County),. Jackson County has 52,139 TIGER 2016 road segments. See the related step-by-step summary of how you can create these and similar map views using CV XE GIS below in this section.

Road Segment Map View & Profile
– Starbucks locations shown as red markers; pointer on road segment by a Starbucks location.
– View illustrates how non-Census, non-statistical data can be integrated with TIGER.
– Clicking on the road segment (in GIS operation), a mini-profile displays.
– The profile shows attributes of the selected road segment.
.. the TLID value shows the unique ID for this segment among all segments in U.S.
.. left- and right-side high and low address ranges and included in the profile.

Corresponding Census Block Profile
– The road segments are boundaries for census blocks.
– The census block boundaries are shown using a related TIGER blocks shapefile.
– The more that 11 million census blocks cover the U.S. wall-to-wall.
– The census block code (290950073002017) is shown as a label in the map graphic and in the profile.

Neighborhood & Shopping Area View
– A zoom-out shows the location, roads and blocks for a broader areas.

Regional View
– A further zoom-out shows the focus area view in context of the metro counties (a related TIGER shapefile)
– The January 2016 Kansas City city area (orange cross-hatch pattern) is shown using a related TIGER 2016 shapefile.

TIGER 2016 Roads
TIGER/Line 2016 vintage files were released in August 2016. While many aspects of road coverage remain as described in this section, TIGER/line 2016 includes many updates as well as “new vintage” geography for school districts, state legislative districts, congressional districts and other political/statistical area geography.
• More about TIGER 2016.
• More about TIGER/Line in general.

TIGER 2016 Road/Street Name/Address Coverage
— Interactive Table
The following graphic illustrates use of the interactive table to examine the number and characteristics of road segments by county. This view shows the top 10 counties based on the number of total road segments.

– click graphic for larger view

Using TIGER/Line with CV XE GIS
These operations require a Windows computer with Internet connection
1. Install the ProximityOne CV XE GIS
… run the CV XE GIS installer
… take all defaults during installation
2. Download the TIGER Roads project fileset
… requires ProximityOne User Group ID (join now)
… unzip TIGER Roads GIS project files to local folder c:\tiger2016
3. Open the c:\tiger2016\riger2016_kc.gis project
… after completing the above steps, click File>Open>Dialog
… open the file named c:\tiger2016\tiger2016_kc.gis
4. Done. The start-up view is shown at top of this section.

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

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