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Show off your data wares! Support the dialogue about innovation in public data

Join the conversation about innovative data products at the 2016 APDU Annual Conference in September.

Join as a sponsor or exhibitor.  We have a great group of sponsors and exhibitors already, but we would like you to join us.  Show off your new data product, your new web interface, or your new approach to mashing up survey, administrative, and big data.

APDU is where the leaders of federal statistical agencies meet data users and brainstorm the future of public data.  If you are an innovator and want to continue being one, you need to be at the conference.  Conference sponsors and exhibitors connect directly with federal statistical agency executives, data-driven policymakers and researchers from universities, think tanks, consulting businesses, and more.

Choose to sponsor or exhibit and get your organization and/or your produced featured prominently in displays at the Conference, displays on conference promotions, free conference registration, APDU membership, and speaking engagements at the conference and companion webinars. Click here for more information.

This year’s APDU Annual Conference sponsors include:

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The Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. They honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct their work openly.

They are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, a strong and capable workforce, devotion to research-based innovation, and an abiding commitment to our customers.

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The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s core objective is to address the nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. They strive to create functional solutions that target the root causes, not just the symptoms, of these problems. The solutions must be both scalable nationally and sustainable without permanent philanthropy.

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Summit Consulting, LLC is a specialized analytics advisory firm that guides Federal agencies, financial institutions, and litigators as they decode their most complex analytical challenges. Summit’s staff of Economists, Econometricians, and Research Scientists use quantitative techniques to assist our clients as they model risk, evaluate program performance, and predict future performance.

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Infogroup are a big data, analytics and marketing services provider that delivers best in class data-driven customer-centric technology solutions. Our data and software-as-a-service (DaaS & SaaS) offerings help clients of all sizes, from small companies to FORTUNE 100TM enterprises, increase their sales and customer loyalty. Infogroup provides both digital and traditional marketing channel expertise that is enhanced by access to our proprietary data on 245MM individuals and 25MM businesses, which is distributed real-time to our clients.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.

 

 

 

The mission of USDA’s Economic Research Service is to anticipate trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America and to conduct high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision making.

ERS shapes its research program and products to serve those who routinely make or influence public policy and program decisions. Key clientele include White House and USDA policy officials; the U.S. Congress; program administrators/managers; other Federal agencies; State and local government officials; and organizations, including farm and industry groups interested in public policy issues.

Job Board July 2016

Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board also includes a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org.

 

Job Board June 2016

Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board also includes a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org.

Job Board May 2016

Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board also includes a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org.

Call for Presenters: 2016 Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop (July 13-15, Washington, DC)

Have you used the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) in your work? More specifically, have you used the public-use microdata files from the CE in research you have conducted? If so, the Bureau of Labor Statistics would like to invite you to present your work at the upcoming CE Microdata Users’ Workshop, to be held July 13-15, 2016, following the CE Survey Methods Symposium on July 12.
BLS is seeking presentations of up to 30 minutes by users of the CE data for the workshop. There are no limits to the areas of research or degree of sophistication of the papers we seek. They can be descriptive or applied. They can present simple hypothesis testing or elegant model building. Work in progress is as welcome as finished research. However, when preparing the presentation, please note that the emphasis should be on how the data were used, questions or problems encountered, and similar discussion. Results of the research are an important, and perhaps necessary, component of these presentations; nevertheless, the emphasis sought is on application.

While BLS cannot offer any honoraria to presenters, the workshop is free of charge to all who come. Past workshops have averaged about 50 attendees, so you can anticipate a significant audience for your presentation. In addition, previous workshop attendees have cited these sessions consistently among their favorites, especially the presentations giving practical examples of how the data can be used in research.

If you would like to present at the workshop, please answer the questions below, and email the proposal to review team (CE_Symposium_Workshop_2016@bls.gov).

If you have a colleague who might be interested in presenting, please forward this invitation. Also please note that the workshop is an excellent forum for graduate students to gain experience presenting their work, and to get helpful comments on research in development, including dissertation proposals or theses in progress.

If you would like to be part of the 2016 CE Microdata Users’ Workshop program or have any questions about the workshop, please contact BLS by May 1, 2016.

PRESENTATION SUBMISSION FORM: 2016 Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop
1. Name(s)/affiliation(s) of presenter(s)
2. Title of presentation
3. Purpose of research (e.g., article for publication; class project; thesis/dissertation; work project; policy-making; etc.)
4. Brief description (one paragraph) of the work (goal of work, methods used, etc.)
5. Data used, Interview Survey, Diary Survey or both
6. Quarters/years examined (e.g., 2010Q1-2011Q1).
7. Data files used: (FMLY, MEMB, EXPN—name all that are appropriate from each survey, if both used).
8. Presentation Availability (are there dates/times you CANNOT attend/prefer?)
OPTIONAL INFORMATION:
This section is designed both to help us better understand your research, and to provide guidance/suggestions at the workshop. However, consideration of your application will not be adversely affected if none of these items apply.

Problems encountered/solutions used (if any):
Questions/concerns/comments you have for the data/workshop producers:
Suggestions to improve the microdata and documentation:

Job Board April 2016

Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board also includes a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org.

Job Board March 2016

Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board will also include a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org.

Statistical Agency Budget Request Update

There have been several interesting developments in budget requests from federal statistical agencies for FY 2017. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Employment and Training Administration have proposed new or revived programs related to employment, job training, apprenticeships and data tools.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has requested $1,577,000 to add an annual supplement to the Current Population Survey. This includes a proposal for the Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS), which would shed light on the extent of temporary employment within different industries over time. Further, they are requesting $3 million for the launch of a new survey of employer-provided training. This survey would return after twenty years the Surveys of Employer-Provided Training (SEPT).

The Employment and Training Administration within the Department of Labor has also introduced new data programs of interest. They have requested $2 billion for the Career Navigators and WIOA Workforce Data Science and Innovation Fund. This program would “[collect] and [make] accessible information about which training programs are leading to strong employment and earnings outcomes and career guidance.” ETA has also requested $10.5 billion for job training programs including the Apprenticeship Training Fund, American Talent Compact, and Opening Doors for Youth. Finally, the Department of Labor has requested an appropriation of $40 million for Workforce Data Quality Initiative, a $30 million increase from FY 2016 to FY 2017.

2016 Annual Business Meeting

The 2016 Annual Business Meeting & State of the Association will be held on February 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM EST. This is a great opportunity for APDU members to learn about accomplishments from 2015 and planned activities for 2016. Further, members will have an opportunity to interact with Board Members. Please see the agenda for further details. We look forward to your attendance!

You are welcome to join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone:

United States +1 (224) 501-3312

Access Code: 282-585-245

 

Job Board January 2016

Happy New Year! Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board will also include a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org.