On Thursday, March 11, 2021, MDI Research Prof. Amy O’Hara joined Deirdra Dalpiaz Bishop and Michael Ratcliffe from the U.S. Census Bureau to discuss the history and future of the Census Bureau’s geospatial databases (MAF and TIGER) and how they supported the 2020 Census.
Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop is chief of the Geography Division at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she leads the development of a national geospatial database. This database of addresses, roads, and boundaries creates the foundation used to support the decennial census and ongoing surveys. Bishop received her masters degree in public administration from New York University and her bachelors degree in urban studies from Lehigh University. Bishop is the President of the U.S. National Section of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History. She is Head of the United States Delegation for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.
Michael Ratcliffe is a senior geographer in the Census Bureau’s Geography Division, where he helps lead activities related to the enterprise-wide Frames Program, which is focused on enhancing linkages between the Census Bureau’s foundational geospatial, demographic, job, and business datasets. Prior to taking on this role, he led the Geographic Standards, Criteria, Research, and Quality area of Geography Division, contributing to development of In-Office Address Canvassing in addition to continuing his focus on statistical geographic area concepts and criteria. Mr. Ratcliffe holds degrees in geography from the University of Maryland and the University of Oxford.