Not too long ago, I posted about a free US Census TIGER to shapefile converter that works with older TIGER files, with the TIGER 2006 1st edition, and will be updated to work with the 2006 2nd edition TIGER files. Just found out that it won’t have to be updated to deal with future versions. Upcoming editions of TIGER will be issued in:
- Shapefile format
- WebTIGER, a Web Feature Service (WFS)
- Web Mapserver (WMS), delivering data in raster graphic and SVG format
See the Census web page on “The Future Of TIGER/Line” for more info. No more paying $399 for TIGER data and the data converters.
A long, long time coming.
I can only hope other big data publishing agencies embrace open data formats for dissemination.