The Bureau of the Census reports that the 2010 Census represented “the most massive participation movement ever witnessed in our country” with some 74 percent of the households returning their census forms; the remaining were counted by census workers. Now you can have free access to this valuable national resource with Tetrad’s Sitewise App, PCensus Online or PCensus Desktop.
In any of these platforms you can retrieve information on sex, age, race Hispanic or Latino, household relationship and group quarters. Housing items include occupancy status, vacancy status and tenure (owner occupied or renter occupied).
With the Sitewise App on your iPhone/iPad, Android device, you can retrieve 2010 census data for a circle or drive-time area where you are located (or for a street address or a place name). Then review and email a 20 page report and map to understand the demographics of that location. PCensus Online gives the user the added capability to trace out a polygon or neighborhood area and compare the demographics for many areas. This lets you select the best location for a new outlet or sale territory. Use PCensus Online free with the 2010 Census.
PCensus Desktop users have increased functionality for site location and market analysis. Full mapping functionality for PCensus is provided with MapInfo Professional, Microsoft MapPoint and ArcGIS.
This PCensus trio of products with the 2010 census offers you an edge for location analysis and finding new markets.
If you manage data sources in Bing Maps then you know we’ve made several updates to the Bing Maps Account Center and the REST Web Services in the last few weeks. We released more changes to the Bing Maps Account Center including bug-fixes, improved usability and some new features for the management of your own points of interest (POI) in the cloud. The top 3 improvements are:
1. Direct Publishing of Data Sources Management of your own data sources in the cloud is generally possible through the Bing Spatial Data Service API as well as through the Bing Maps Account Center. The Bing Spatial Data Service provides a comprehensive set of REST APIs for batch geocoding and reverse geocoding your own POI data sets, uploading them into the Bing Maps data centers, and querying them.
In the past one of the major advantages of the Bing Spatial Data Service over the user interface in the Bing Maps Account Center has been that you were in full control of the data flow. You could decide if you wanted to geocode a data set first or if you just wanted to upload an already geocoded data set. The user interface in the Bing Maps Account Center did not give you that flexibility and would have always geocoded or reverse geocoded your data sets. This could have been particularly unpleasant if you moved your already geocoded data set, for example, from the MapPoint Web Service Customer Data Store or the Multimap Client Zone to Bing Maps. In that case the process behind the user interface would have taken the latitudes and longitudes in your data set, reverse geocoded them, and then would overwrite the address information. With the latest update to the Bing Maps Account Center this limitation has been removed and you are now in full control whether you use the API or the user interface.
To just upload a data set, check the box Publish without geocoding.
2. Map Navigation for Data Editing
Editing records in a data set has been possible before. However, in order to view the location of a record in the map you always had to click the Edit link. With the latest release you can just mouse over a record and it will show on the map, thus allowing you to have a quick look to decide if editing is necessary at all.
3. Enhanced POI Data Search You can now search for any field in the data set even if it is part of the address or a custom field. This feature has been available in the API before, but is now also available in the user interface.
We hope these updates improve your experience with Bing Maps and spatial data services. We are continuing to enhance these services and expand all they can do. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
As Multimap and MapPoint Web Service customers know, Microsoft will consolidate services to the Bing Maps platform effective November 18, 2011. While there is a substantial amount of helpful information available at our migration portal, including a devoted page to our migration partners, we wanted to highlight two store locator templates that have proven helpful to customers.
InKnowledge’s Bing Maps Locator Wizard was built around multiple Microsoft technologies, including Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0, Bing Maps REST services, Bing Spatial Data Services, Windows Azure, SQL Azure and MVC3. Customers can use the basic locator to customize their site within minutes, and have the option to download or host in Windows Azure through InKnowledge’s portal (the service is free.) For more information, check out a preview video, or a more expansive overview video. If you’d rather read about the template, check out this blog entry from InKnowledge’s Ricky Brundritt.
Shoothill’s My Store Locator template will be launched on Wed, May 18 during a Bing Maps webcast. The template was built using Bing Maps, Visual Studio 2010, Expressions Web 4, Hyper-V virtualisation technologies, Windows Azure and SQL Azure. As well as targeting former Multimap customers to enable them to make a seamless transition to the Bing Maps platform, the My Store Locator can assist any business seeking to migrate to Bing Maps from any mapping platform. Find out more and register for the webcast here.