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Universal TIGER Translator© (UTT©)

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Next Generation TIGER Translator

Leverage our national treasury of digital geography with UTT©.

Blazing fast, runs in memory, translating TIGER/Line Files was never this easy.

The Universal TIGER Translator (UTT©) from International Computer Works, Inc. (ICW) is our next generation TIGER translator. UTT© replaces TMT, introduced in 1992. UTT© is offered as an integrated module of the MapEdit ToolKit©, first introduced in September of 1995, or stand-alone. The TIGER Update Software (TIGERUS©) consists of the MapEdit ToolKit© and UTT©.

UTT will translate the compressed TIGER/Line Files® directly from the CD’s as distributed by the US Bureau of the Census. Or the user may work with files compressed or uncompressed accessible from any other source. UTT provides an easy-to-use interface, which automates and streamlines the TIGER/Line File® translation process. UTT operates in a MapInfo Professional environment as a pull down from the MapInfo menu. The user specifies the file to process (compressed or uncompressed), the location of the output, and the vintage of the file to be processed.

The user is then presented with the dialog box illustrated below. Simply select the layers to build from the list box on the left to build a list of features in the right hand side, specify whether to build MIF/MID or TAB files or both and depress the OK button.

UTT© currently works with TIGER/Line Files® for ’95, ’97, Luca,’98, ’99, 2000, 2000UA, 2002CD108, 2003, 2004, 2004 SE, 2005, and 2005 SE with a commitment to support future revisions of TIGER. Annual maintenance is available through ICW.

The Universal TIGER Translator© (UTT©) is available from International Computer Works, Inc. as a stand alone application or as an integrated module of the TIGERUS© application.

Typical Inventory of Layers

1 Key Geographic Locations KG      
2 Landmark Points LP      
3 ZIP+4 Points ZP      
4 Roads w/alternate names RD      
5 US Highways MA      
6 State and County Highways SC      
7 Airports and Railroads AR      
8 Water Lines H2      
9 Special Linear Features SP      
10 Water Polygons WA      
11 Landmark Areas LA      
12 Place PL      
13 Indian Reservation RE      
14 Alaskan Native Lands AN      
15 County Boundaries CO      
16 GT-Polygons GT      
17 Block BL      
18 Block Group BG      
19 Tract/BNA TR      
20 Minor Civil Divisions MC      
21 Sub-Minor Civil Divisions SM      
22 MSA/CMSA MS      
23 Public Use Microdata Areas (PMSA) PM      
24 Urbanized Area UR      
25 Elementary School Districts ES      
26 Secondary School Districts SE      
27 Unified School Districts US      
28 Voting Districts (VTD) VO      
29 104, 105, 106 and 108th Congressional C8      
30 SLD Upper Chamber DU      
31 SLD Lower Chamber DL      
32 Public Use Microdata Areas PU      
33 Traffic Analysis Zones (TAZ) TZ      
34 ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) ZC      
35 Oregon Urban Growth Area UG      
36 Hawaii Home Land HH      
37 PUMA PU      
38 Core Based Statistical CB      
39 Combined Statistical Area CS      
40 New England City and Town NC      
41 Combined New England City and Town CN      
42 Metropolitan Division MD      
43 New England City and Town Division ND      
44 1990 Block BL9      
45 1990 Block Group BG9      
46 1990 Tract TR9      
47 1990 Minor Civil Division MC9      
48 1990 Place PL9      
49 1990 Urbanized Areas UR9      


The Map Layer Inventory list that follows was first developed for use with the ICW Florida Digital Map Atlas© (FLDMA©). The naming convention used in the FLDMA has also been implemented with the ICW US Digital Map Atlas© (USDMA©) and UTT©.

The first two characters in every map table identify the feature that is mapped. The next two characters are the state FIPS code and the last three characters are the county FIPS code. This naming convention permits a unique name for every feature for every county and state in the USDMA©.