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Timothy Trainor was selected as the Chief of the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau in December 2008. As the Census Bureau’s chief geographer, he is responsible for directing all aspects of the division’s work related to development and implementation of geographic and cartographic activities necessary to support the Census Bureau’s data collection, processing, tabulation, and dissemination programs for the United States and its territories. These activities revolve around the Census Bureau’s TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) automated geographic data base and the MAF (Master Address File) digital address list. Included in this is collecting, maintaining, and developing criteria and reference files for geographic entities in the United States and assigning addresses to the correct geographic locations, fostering partnerships between the Census Bureau and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments and commercial companies, preparing maps to support the Census Bureau’s data collection and dissemination operations, and developing standards and defining cultural and demographic features to meet Census Bureau obligations to the Federal Geographic data Committee (FGDC), the requirements of Executive Order 12906, and the submission to and acceptance of these standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Standards Association (ISO) committees on geospatial data.
He is a member of the Association of American Geographers, Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), the National States Geographic Information Council, the Urban Regional Information Systems Association and the Senior Executive Association. Mr. Trainor currently is a Vice President of the International Cartographic Association and chairs the Census Cartography Working Group.