Mike Greenwald / Liang Long / everyone else:
I have no experience with ACS Alchemist, but will certainly take a close look at it. Much
of my research involves analyzing demographic/population at small geographies over large
areas (county, state, national). I have used the ACS Summary File Retrieval tool for
several years and really find it useful--probably have downloaded 40+ 2006-10 block grp
level statewide datasets this year alone.
Yes, there is definitely some cleanup and organization to get the data into GIS. But I
really appreciate that the tool is reliable and creates easy-to-interpret tables with MOE.
On the one hand the data cleanup prior to GIS takes time, but on the other hand the clear
descriptions/headings reduces mistakes and ambiguity. Also, I can tell you from experience
that the excellent column and row descriptions make tracing previous work much easier.
I use Excel primarily, but Access occasionally (Census summary files etc). If my opinion
or experience is of any help to you Mike don't hesitate to try me. I cannot promise
much as far as time, but I may be of some assistance in some way.
Jonathan P. Brooks.
Assistant Transportation Researcher
Transit Mobility Program
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
701 N Post Oak Rd, Suite 430
Houston, TX 77063
Tel 713.686.2971 | Cell 806.440.2462
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