Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released updates to its venerable TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) database, which comprises the master geographical imaging files the Bureau uses for creating maps. Updated sporadically since 1992 and annually since 2006, the files have become widely used in mapping applications across disciplines. Major updates in this year’s version include more accurate coverage of freeways, mountain roads, small towns and new developments. Some nifty visualizations of the year-over-year changes have already been created by mapping software company MapBox.
An Update to the U.S. Master Map
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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