The U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting free workshops in select cities across the country starting this December in preparation for the 2013 BAS. These workshops will provide participants with an overview of the 2013 BAS, an explanation of the geographic boundaries collected and managed by the Census Bureau, an explanation of the type of information collected by the BAS, and a review of the procedures for responding to the BAS using the digital and paper-based submission methods. Participants may bring a laptop with boundary data or paper boundary maps to the workshops as there will be an opportunity to ask Census staff any questions specific to their local boundaries.
The Digital BAS portion of the workshop will include demonstrations on how to create a valid digital submission file using ArcGIS and the MAF/TIGER Partnership Software (MTPS). The MTPS is a free GIS application offered by the Census Bureau, which BAS respondents may use as an alternative to ArcGIS when creating the digital submission file. The Paper BAS portion of the workshop will offer a demonstration on how to create a valid paper-based submission package. Participants will learn how to read a BAS mapsheet, record legal boundary changes on the mapsheet(s), complete the accompanying BAS forms, and send the completed submission package to the Census Bureau.
Attendance to these workshops is optional, and all interested participants are welcome to register. Space may be limited, so we encourage participants to register as soon as possible. Participants may register online by clicking on the “Register Online” link below. If you have any questions about the BAS or the workshops, please contact the BAS Team by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 1-800-972-5651.
In addition to scheduled BAS Workshops, the Census Bureau also can offer webinar-based training session for interested participants. If you cannot attend one of the regular workshops or would prefer to schedule a webinar-based training, please contact the BAS Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 1-800-972-5651.
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