Most likely this effort is a “too little too late” scenario, but be sure to check out how Microsoft is trying to assist in enumeration efforts in Florida.
One theory is that Florida may use Micrsoft-gathered data down the road to demand a re-count or re-enumeration. A Census Bureau insider tells me the following about this topic:
1. It’s advertising.
2. To its credit, Census is less invested in Microsoft products than it could be. So Microsoft has less to lose by alienating the Census Bureau.
IBM and Oracle have BIG contracts with the Census Bureau; they probably wanted nothing to do with Florida’s software development project.
3. FL residents deserve an apathy prize for the lack of participation in My Florida Census.
4. Do not rule out the possibility of a hidden, evil social engineering agenda on Microsoft’s part.
5. Apple revenues outpaced Microsoft’s last quarter; Microsoft is fading.
6. The failed handheld computer ran a Windows Mobile operating system. May have contributed to development problems and subsequent failure.
7. Very interesting report: “During the redistricting process in 2001, the Florida House of Representatives learned that certain areas seemed to have more voters than the 2000 census had recorded for the voting-age population. That discovery led the House to conclude that Florida’s population had been undercounted during the 2000 census.”
8. “An accurate aerial image…” Too bad the Census Bureau did not think of making better use of aerial images for the Address Canvassing operation.
9. “By using Bing Maps, the application presents highly accurate images of streets and addresses, which are often more accurate than census roads.”
Just horrible that the private sector claims their geodata is better than the Census Bureau’s. Why hasn’t Groves massacred some Census Bureau managers for this? How much of the blame does Harris deserve for their sizable role in 2010 Census geography? Why hasn’t the Census Bureau’s management addressed this amazing claim?
And perhaps most importantly…
10. What does the State of Florida know about the Census 2000 Hialeah recount that we don’t?