Last year I announced a collaboration with the Census Bureau to help with their new online training platform. This website, called “Census Academy”, is designed to help the public learn how to work with data that the Census Bureau publishes.
Census Academy recently had a soft launch, and there is already a lot of content on it. I’ve marked up an image of the homepage below to draw attention to three sections: Data Gems, Courses and “Join the Community”.
Data Gems are short instructional videos created by experts at the Census Academy.
A recent Data Gem, for example, explained how ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (a geography published by the Census Bureau) are different than ZIP Codes (which are published by the Postal Service). This is a question that I am frequently asked, and I found that the Data Gem gave a great answer!
My biggest contribution to Census Academy has been the creation of a course on visualizing data from the American Community Survey (ACS) in R. This course, which will be published soon, can be thought of as an in-depth extension of my existing course Learn to Map Census Data in R. I will make an announcement here when the course becomes available!
Census Academy just started, and new training material is being added all the time. I think that any R programmer with an interest in demographic data can benefit from Census Academy!
To get notified when Census Academy adds new training material, click the “Join the Community” button on the Census Academy homepage.