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Published Reviews

Check out the outstanding independent reviews of GeoLytics products
published by leading national technical journals and trade magazine

  • GeoSpatial Solutions
  • Library Journal
  • Government Information Quarterly
  • Business Geographics
  • USA Today
  • Coordinated GIS
  • The Hartford Courant
  • GIS World
  • Seattle Times
  • H-Demography
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"GeoLytics' CensusCDs Provide Data with Ease... The company's CensusCDs are perhaps its best-selling product, providing census data and basemaps from 1970 to 2000. The value that CensusCDs add over obtaining census data directly from the U.S. Census Bureau is that they make finding data faster and easier, and users can export the data in GIS-ready formats... products are extremely easy to learn and use. I was extracting data and maps within two minutes of installing the products. Also, they all work approximately the same: you simply elect the region you're interested in, the type of geographical units (for example, tracts and counties), the specific variables, the name for the output file, and whether you want data only or data and a basemap. For the most part, data extraction is rapid... [GeoLytics] products in combination not only provide rapid access to all Summary File 3 data but also allow users to map change over time with the unprecedented geographical precision of block groups or tracts. To accomplish this, one must extract the same data from each database (1990 and 2000), then join the 1990 and 2000 data tables to the basemap. Fortunately, with the CensusCDs the process is straightforward because the geographic area codes, such as tract numbers, are formatted identically in all export files... [GeoLytics] Neighborhood Change Database is the only available source that I know of that provides easy access to digital maps and data for the 1970 and 1980 census years... Moving from installation to operation took only a few minutes. If you wish to look at change over time, CensusCDs will be the only option available... So, if temporal analysis or ease of learning is your primary objective, the CensusCDs are an excellent option..."

  • Joshua Comenetz, GeoSpatial Solutions, February 2004
  • "Through Geolytics' custom interface the user can access the 1990 data either by one of the 12 geographic areas or by a radius around a specific coordinate (latitude/longitude). The user can run specific requests and return them in a variety of formats, such as all counts and summary reports or dBase and ASCII formats, for use in statistics, spreadsheet, and database packages... One can also create a thematic map of the various geographic boundaries and data. The user can easily change themes, classification, labels, and color schemes. A map can be printed or exported as a bitmap file for use in word processing and graphics programs. It can also be exported as a shape file or mid/mif for use in Geographic Information System (GIS) software... The software is easy to use, with an intuitive interface and good documentation. Furthermore, the consistency of the interface design across Geolytics' software suite makes it easy for users to learn its new products. The technical support is superb... The Bottom Line: If you or your patrons need to compare 1990 to 2000 census data for a broad area in a timely manner, then CensusCD 1990 Long Form in 2000 Boundaries is your product. There is currently nothing on the market that competes. Accessing, normalizing, and comparing census data from multiple time periods has been an arduous task, but this product makes it easy. Recommended for mapping collections."

  • Patrick Florance, Library Journal, February 15, 2004
  • "GeoLytics serves up the U.S. 2000 Census data in a user-friendly interface. CensusCD 2000 Long Form offers detailed information about population, housing, and economics from the U.S. Census Bureau's SF3 data file... The 2000 Long Form offers more than 400 variables, such as educational attainment, language spoken, ancestry, and housing information. These can be cross-tabulated (e.g., income by age, employment by race), resulting in about 16,000 variables at the tract level and above and about 5500 variables at the Block Group level... CensusCD 2000 Long Form has data at 12 levels of geography from the entire nation down to urban designations, American Indian Reservations down to Block Groups... Searching and producing reports or maps is handled niftily by GeoLytics's software, familiar to those who have used any of its products. Neophytes will be able to follow directions easily and productively. Data may also be exported into statistical or mapping packages. The web site offers a clear and concise tour. The Bottom Line:... GeoLytics enables users to build and execute queries across geographies that (the Census Bureau's) FactFinder does not and to do so in a one-step operation. For all libraries supporting research using detailed U.S. demographics, your patrons will applaud you for making this product available. Highly recommended."

  • Timothy Slaughter, Library Journal, June 1, 2003
  • "Users of digital census material covering 1980-2000 will be pleased to see the release of CensusCD 1970, the first product to allow access to the complete results of the 1970 U.S. census... GeoLytics had to create 1970 boundaries for states, counties, and tracts, as these never existed in digitized form... The main points are that 1970 data are easily searchable and quickly reportable on this disc. The usual output options are available. The Bottom Line: Another high-quality product from this reliable company, CensusCD 1970 is highly recommended for public, academic, and special libraries supporting research and planning via U.S. demographics."

  • Timothy Slaughter, Library Journal, April 15, 2002
  • "This product is incredibly easy to use, as illustrated by this extract from the Short Form tutorial: "To create a report by state, this is what you do: 1. you click a state; 2. its counties are displayed, you click some; 3. you do the same with tracts; 4. and Block Groups. Then you press Done and you are Finished!" It doesn't get any simpler than this... Mapping and statistical tools are built into this product, and exporting shape or MID/MIF (management information format) files for more sophisticated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) packages are also available. The key to this product is its ease of use, with flexibility for extending analysis and presentation. Help files (online and specifically for the map viewer) are included, along with documentation provided by the Census Bureau... The Bottom Line: CensusCD 2000, Short Form is highly recommended for all institutions supporting researchers needing information from the U.S. census, from high school civics students to doctoral researchers to business and urban planners. An essential census resource."

  • Timothy Slaughter, Library Journal, April 1, 2002
  • "The breadth and depth of data presented makes [CensusCD 1990 Blocks] a valuable tool, and the well-organized interface allows even relatively inexperienced users to extract, present, and save customized information. The fact that it is all contained in one disc should be a sanity and self space saver for libraries needing a flexible demographic/GIS tool to serve both novice and expert needs."

  • Megan Fitch, Government Information Quarterly, 1999, Volume 16 (4)
  • "CensusCD+Maps puts a wealth of demographic data at your fingertips... In today's marketplace, businesses need easy-to-access, high-quality information. For population, housing and economic information, CensusCD+Maps is hard to beat... The big news in CensusCD+Maps is the '+Maps.' Instead of exporting tabular data to a geographic information system or desktop mapping package, users can generate thematic maps directly in the software...As though viewing and printing maps wasn't enough, CensusCD+Maps supports map data export in both Arc View shapefile and MapInfo MIF formats. The packaging of this product is outstanding. Using nothing more than the two-page cover to the CD-ROM package, the reviewer installed the software, defined a query and produced a map... Strengths: Quantity of information, ease of use and price. Weaknesses: None."

  • Business Geographics, June 1998
  • "A high-tech twist to the Census... Whatever the [2000] census produces will only make sense in context... That's where a new version of CensusCD becomes indispensable. On merely one disk, the old version of CensusCD carried a staggering amount of data: every total for every 1990 census question for every neighborhood, city, county, state and region... Now comes CensusCD+Maps, which carries all that data plus a simple but slick mapping engine. It also includes 1997 estimates and projections to 2005 for 65 demographic categories such as age, race, income and employment groups, along with housing status and types. The screen design is clear enough that many people won't need to read the instructions to choose a category (like median household income) and an area (like a county) and map it by smaller areas, like neighborhoods."

  • USA Today, Tech Review Picks, April 15, 1998
  • "CensusCD is notable for two key characteristics: the sheer quantity of data provided on the CD and the user-friendly interface used to quickly produce data reports and tables. With the incorporation of mapping capabilities and additional databases, CensusCD+Maps represents a major step forward in the query and display of census data...Overall, I was surprised by the mapping functionality of CensusCD+Maps. It approaches that of desktop GIS packages and is even superior in some respects, such as its ability to quickly map a series of variables in a scrolling list... The completeness, capabilities, and convenience of CensusCD+Maps make it a vital resource for those who regularly use census and related data."

  • Coordinated GIS, May 1998
  • "What makes the GeoLytics CD a quantum leap over census data on the Internet is that it allows you to pull up demographic information on a series of geographic areas -- a group of towns or neighborhoods, for example -- and compare them. The raw data to do those kinds of investigations was available before, but building a database or spreadsheet to work with it was an arduous job. The GeoLytics CD makes it simple to export information to a database or spreadsheet, and you don't have to deal with overloaded servers and long download waits for telephone modems... I particularly liked the Neighborhood Snapshot feature. By simply typing in your ZIP code and street address, you can call up an instant and very useful, demographic profile of your neighborhood. You can also customize the portrait to include demographic information for an area within a designated number of miles."

  • The Hartford Courant, Enter (Technology) Section, August 18, 1997


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