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Location: Remote via Zoom. Link will be sent on the morning of the event.
Recordings: This D-Lab workshop will be recorded and made available to UC Berkeley participants for a limited time. Your registration for the event indicates your consent to having any images, comments and chat messages included as part of the video recording materials that are made available.
Date & Time: This workshop runs from Friday, April 1, from 10am-1pm.
Start Time: D-Lab workshops start 10 minutes after the scheduled start time (“Berkeley Time”). We will admit all participants from the waiting room at that time.
Since 1790, the US Census has been THE source of data about American people, providing valuable insights to social scientists and humanists. Mapping these data by census geographies adds more value by allowing researchers to explore spatial trends and outliers. This workshop will introduce three key packages for streamlining census data workflows in R: tigris, tidycensus and tmap. Participants will learn how to download census tabular data for one or more geographic aggregation units or years, download the associated census geographic data and then join these data for analysis and mapping.
Specifically, we will:
- Describe the primary Census data products
- Introduce the R tidycensus package for working with Census Data
- Use that packages to fetch decennial and ACS census data
- Use those packages to fetch census geographic boundary files
- Make maps of census data, symbolizing the color of those maps by the data values
Prerequisites: D-Lab R Fundamentals: Parts 1-4 or equivalent knowledge. Basic knowledge of census data and geospatial data will be very helpful.
Software Requirements:Installation Instructions for R and RStudio
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