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Frank Donnelly has a new book!!

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    Hi All,

    Huge congratulations to Baruch Geospatial Data Librarian Frank Donnelly on the publication of his new book, Exploring the US Census: Your Guide to America’s Data (SAGE Publishing, 2019). Frank has helped so many of us over the years understand geospatial work — I have very fond memories of the QGIS workshop I took with him years ago!! — and it is wonderful to see his work in print. Congratulations, Frank!!!

    From the publisher:

    Exploring the US Census is the definitive researcher’s guide to working with census data. I place the census within the context of: US society, the open data movement, and the big data universe, provide a crash course on using the new, and introduce the fundamental concepts of census geography and subject categories (aka universes). One chapter is devoted to each of the primary datasets: decennial census (with details about the 2020 census that’s just over the horizon), American Community Survey, Population Estimates Program, and business data from the Business Patterns, Economic Census, and BLS. Subsequent chapters demonstrate how to: integrate census data into writing and research, map census data in GIS, create derivative measures, and work with historic data and microdata with a focus on the Current Population Survey.


    Lee Hachadoorian

    I’m teaching at Temple University now, and the publisher gave us early
    access for a course I taught this semester in Census Data Analysis with
    GIS. The book is excellent, for classroom teaching, practitioners, and
    general reference. Frank has done an excellent job of distilling the
    must-know information for users new to working with Census data, that is
    otherwise scattered throughout official user guides and documentation–in
    addition to hard-won practical knowledge. I cannot recommend it
    highly enough.


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