Census will test handhelds for use in 2010

Louis Kincannon

The Census Bureau will conduct field tests next year of language assistance programs and handheld computers in Travis County, Texas, including parts of Austin, in preparation for the 2010 Decennial Census.

Census field workers will enter data directly into handheld computers, which should reduce data entry errors that can result from paper notes, Census Bureau director Louis Kincannon said earlier this month. He anticipates that if implemented successfully in 2010, the use of handheld computers will increase efficiency and reduce the total cost of data collection.

Census will also test im- provements to methods for counting people who reside in group quarters, including college dormitories or residence halls, hospital and nursing home wards, and correctional facilities.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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