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Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Download the MAF/TIGER Partnership Software (MTPS)

The following instructions are for participants who will be responding to the BAS using MTPS and are choosing to download the software and accompanying data.  If you have received the MTPS and data on a CD from the Census Bureau, you do not need to download any software or data.

Please note that you must request a unique BAS2013 set-up file for your governmental unit from the Census Bureau prior to downloading and installing the MTPS.

  1. Email geo.bas@census.gov to request additional files customized for your governmental unit or review your Annual Response Form.  Please provide your contact information and government name and type “MTPS set-up file” in the subject heading.

    The Census Bureau will send you two required files: SetupFile_BAS13_<id#>.xml and census_data.txt.  Save the set-up file to a new folder on your C: drive called MTPSData.  If you already have a C:\MTPSData folder from a previous MTPS project, please delete all files or move the files to a new folder.  See the MTPS Respondent Guide for more details on how to save data from previous MTPS projects. The text file will be saved to a location in the final step below.

  2. Download the Census Data from the BAS Shapefiles Page.  Please note that there is a 5 county limit for each batch download request.  Any request that exceeds 5 counties must be downloaded in multiple batches. In order to create a project with the BAS MTPS, you will need county-level shapefile layers for your county AND all adjacent counties.   Select each of the required counties and save the .zip files individually to the newly created C:\MTPSData folder.

  3. Open the C:\MTPSData folder and extract the contents of the .zip files to the current folder (C:\MTPSData).

  4. Download the MTPS.  Type the user name and password provided to on your Annual Response form.  Contact (800) 972-5651 or email geo.bas@census.gov if you need a username or password.

  5. Save the .zip folder and extract it in a new folder on your C: drive called MTPS_Software.

  6. In the C:\MTPS_Software folder, locate and double-click on the SETUP.EXE file.

  7. On the “Welcome” screen, select “Next.”

  8. For “Installation Type,” choose “Single User” and select “Next.”  Installation may take several minutes.  It is recommended that you accept the default settings in each step.  

  9. Once installation is complete, the set-up program will indicate that “Setup needs to copy Census Data” and prompts you to insert the Census Data CD or enter a path where the files can be found.  Select “Skip” if the data are already saved in your C:\MTPSData folder.  Otherwise, select the folder where your data are located and select “Next.”

  10. Select “Finish” on the following screen.

  11. Save the census_data.txt file to the following location: C:\Program Files\MAF – TIGER Partnership Software\ (or the location specified when installing the MTPS software).  When prompted, accept the overwriting of the old text file.

Note: If you are installing the software on a Vista or Windows 7 machine, the location of the MTPS software will most likely be: C:\Program Files(x86)\MAF - TIGER Partnership Software\, and you'll need 'Administrative Privileges' to overwrite the existing census_data.txt with the new one. 

Please refer to the MTPS Respondent Guide for log-in instructions and guidelines for updating and editing your BAS data.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: October 28, 2013