GIS Users Can Get Training on Census Data Resources at Evans Library

Marketing and Communications | October 10, 2011

Two free training sessions on Census Data Resources for GIS users will be offered by Texas A&M University Libraries at the Sterling C. Evans Library.

  • Wednesday Oct. 26, 2011 from 1-3:30 pm
  • Thursday Nov. 03, 2011 from 2:30-5 pm

Note: Seating is limited; therefore, registration is required for attendance.

Census data is used to perform GIS analysis in many fields of study. Students, faculty, and staff can take advantage of free data and databases available through the University Libraries. Sessions will explore numerous census data resources via the web and library webpage. Participants will gain an understanding of census geographies and their standardized codes known as FIPS (Federal Information Processing Series). Participants will get hands-on practice downloading boundaries and tabular data, as well as joining those tables to the boundary shapefiles.

Miriam Olivares, GIS coordinator, and Laura Sare, Government Information librarian, of the Texas A&M University Libraries, will conduct the training sessions.

Who should attend? Texas A&M faculty, staff and students who need to integrate census data for their course or research GIS projects.

Prerequisite: Must have prior GIS knowledge or take free online GIS training course and bring certificate of completion.

Interested individuals can register now online.

For questions, contact Miriam Olivares at

More information about this training is available.