Each student will be assigned to one of four groups. Each
group will have at least one geography major and one senior.
Find the Mapping Program
The map software CensusCD 2000 Long Form, which is found in all UWEC General Access Computer Labs, will be used to make maps of Eau Claire.
Find the Start button in the lower left-hand corner of the computer screen; select Programs, Departmental, Geography, and then the software CensusCD 2000 Long Form.
Map the Census Data
When the CensusCD 2000 Long Form program is open, make a map by following these steps:
|1a) Under Area, select
Geographic Area and then
||1b) From the list of states,
select the state you want, which is
highlighted with a black strip. Scroll down on the right-hand side to
see more states.
1c) After selecting a state, a list of counties in that state appears.
Select Eau Claire county. Then click on .
|2) Under Subarea, select
Block Groups, the smallest area with
Under Counts, select select one of four
data files: POP1, POP2, HH1, and HH2.
[POP=population characteristics; HH=household characteristics.]
3b) Click on POP1, for example, and a list of data files appears.
3c) Under Tables, click on the P006 Race and P007 Hispanic by Race variables and more information appears below under Counts.
3d) Now, click on the top variable, e.g., P006001 Total Population, and scroll down to the last one, e.g., P007017 2+ races, and click on it. And finally click on and then on .
|4) Under Run,
select Map to create a map for the place
and data you selected.
Once the map is drawn, make the page as large as possible by clicking on the square in the top right-hand corner of this new page -- on the same line where it says Map of C:\TEMP\.... Because the map will show the county or counties for a particular metro area, you will want to use the +magnification glass in the top menu to zoom-in on the heart of the city, as appropriate, to see the regional patterns you are mapping.
In the CensusCD 2000 Long Form program, calculate the percent for each characteristics by its total, e.g., number of Asians divided by the total population in each block group. Here is how to do it:
Intervals and Shading
In the CensusCD 2000 Long Form program, the extreme right-hand menu consists of
|All tracts have some percent of the variable mapped. This is a common pattern for large groups, such as Whites and Blacks.||Most of the tracts (3923) contain very little of the variable mapped. This a common pattern for small groups, such as Asians, Indians, and Blacks in some cities.|
If you print in black and white, be sure that you click on each of the colors and select the ones YOU want. The highest values should be black and the lowest values should be white; all the values in-between should be appropriate greys!
In the CensusCD + Maps program, the highest values should be set to black; then dark grey, light grey, and the lowest values to white.
a Particular Census Tract
In the CensusCD 2000 Long Form program, information on a particular census tract can be acquired by
Under the Start button, find the Utilities folder and then Screen Capture. Zoom in to the City of Eau Claire and use the area shown below.
Copy the map and paste into a Paint file and then repeated for the legend. Edit the result, particularly the legend -- the one shown is not acceptable -- adding text to explain what the numbers mean (e.g., percent or absolute numbers). The title to the whole map will be added later on the web page.
Save each map with its legend with a name such as "MedianFamilyIncome.jpg" in the folder called "2000CensusMaps" on the W drive: DeptDir/Geog/Vogeler/GEOG367/geog367-IN
Creating Web Pages
Create a web page for each map using Dreamweaver or FrontPage. Be sure to include title, map, legend, source, and your name and date copy.
The source for these data are the 2000 U.S. Census of Population.
Use this template, which is also in DeptDir/Geog/Vogeler/GEOG367/geog367-IN/2000CensusMapsWeb.
save each web page with a name such as "MedianFamilyIncome.htm" in the folder called "2000CensusMapsWeb" on the W drive: DeptDir/Geog/Vogeler/Geog367/geog367-IN.
The web pages you are going to construct are organized in very specific ways.
From these pages, other pages are linked -- shown below each of the
initial pages (in bold).
Note that parts of a house consist of 8 parts:
1 = stories, 2 = roof, 3 = chimney, 4 = walls, 5 = windows, 6 = foundations, 7 = house shape, 8 = columns.
-- each gets its own page, as in p11 = p1 [part1] and 1 [the first page of part1].
Created by Ingolf Vogeler on 15 June 1996.