APDU Conference: Building Demand for Open Data

by Cliff Cook, APDU Board Member and Planning Information Manager, City of Cambridge, Massaschusetts Recent years have seen an explosion in the interest in open data at all levels of government.  Open data can serve as a game changer when comes to the relationship between the public, the business community and government.  A variety of actors can […]

 
 

APDU Conference Chair: 8 Tough Questions for Data Owners

Kevin McAvey is Associate Director of Analytics for Massachusetts’ Center for Health Information and Analysis and the 2016 APDU Conference Chair We can do better. It is what I remind myself each day. As we navigate through this Data Age, as data producers, stewards, and users, where there are rarely precedents or limits or boundaries on the […]

 
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2016 Data Viz Awards

Call for Visualizations The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is pleased to announce our inaugural Data Viz Awards with an open “Call for Visualizations,” soliciting creative and meaningful visuals that use publicly-available data (e.g. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics) to convey a compelling point. Visuals may have appeared in a published research paper or […]

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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. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Supervisory Management Analyst (Chief, […]

 
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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. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Supervisory Management Analyst […]

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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 […]

 
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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. Bureau of Economic Analysis Economist Research […]

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APDU Advocacy Makes a Difference

Happy New Year! As we look to 2016, we wanted to let you know that APDU has been hard at work advocating for the public data programs that you rely on. In the run-up to the passage of the Omnibus, APDU fought for the protection of funding for the Census Bureau, particularly in light of […]

 
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Job Board December 2015

Welcome to the new 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. American Council on Education Senior Policy Research Analyst […]

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Why Join APDU?

Since 1977, the Association of Public Data Users has been advocating for public data and educating our dedicated membership about its value. We have a weekly newsletter, the popular Public Data University, continually growing Annual Conference, and diverse network of members. APDU is also introducing a monthly Job Board as a member benefit. APDU helps researchers, […]

 
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Advocate for Important Data Programs

Congress and the Administration have reached a budget deal for FY2016 (and FY2017) that will increase the overall spending limit for non-defense discretionary programs by $25 billion for the fiscal year that started October 1st. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees must now revise the 12 annual funding bills, and Congress must enact them, before […]

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Census Project Briefing on 2020 Census Operational Plan

Census Bureau Director John Thompson will brief Census Project stakeholders on the 2020 Census Preliminary Operational Plan, via a toll-free call on Wednesday, October 21, from 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time. Please RSVP to thecensusproject@gmail.com as soon as possible if you would like to participate. The Census Project will send call-in information to those who have registered. This is an important opportunity to hear firsthand about significant new operations […]

 

BLS Letter of Support

Friends of Labor Statistics asks that Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) users directly contact your Senators and Representatives to help prevent BLS from having to cut its statistical programs. The link below provides a template for organizations and individuals to use and revise to specific concerns and circumstances. BLS Appropriations Template  

Open invite to discuss public data innovation with more than 150 national experts

As resources are under continued strain, the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is bringing the nation’s leading experts on data policy, leaders in health and workforce statistics, champions in academics , and econometricians to the Washington, D.C., area to discuss ways to better innovate with public data. By focusing this year’s Association of Public Data Users’ conference […]

 
 
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The ACS 3-year Demographic Estimates Are History

by Ken Poole: Census Director John Thompson and Acting Director for the 2020 Census Lisa Blumerman spoke with a group of Census stakeholders today about Census plans regarding the American Community Survey.   My take from the conversation: the ACS 3-year demographic estimates are history.  When Census first developed the ACS in the 1990s, the […]

The BLS Funding Situation

The real value of appropriations to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fell between 2004 and 2008, and has been falling again since 2009 (Figure 1). Its current purchasing power is less than it was in 2001. The agency has increasingly become unable to fulfill its basic responsibilities, despite its having made a series of […]

 
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APDU Weekly

Each weekly we deliver APDU Weekly to our members. This one-stop newsletter delivers the latest news, trends, events, publications, and opportunities related to Federal statistics and other public data. The APDU Weekly is a “can’t miss” part of your APDU membership. Click here to check out one of our issues.

 

New Federal Statistical Data on Non-Degree Credentials

How many adults in the United States have an industry-recognized certification? What fields are they certified in? How many adults with no formal college credential have earned an industry certification? Until January of 2014, the federal government did not have the data to answer these questions. The goal of the Interagency Working Group on Expanded […]

 
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Simplicity out of Complexity: Data Visualization

The APDU Annual Conference kicked off with a breakout session focusing on visualizing and communicating data to the public. Considering that data is the new oil, given organizations’ high willingness to pay and need for data on themselves and consumers, it is important to keep the audience in mind when presenting data. As many time-constrained […]

 

Future of Big Data and Federal Statistical Agencies

If the APDU conference presentations are an indication, federal statistical agencies have ambitious plans for the improvement of their programs. Julia Lane of American Institutes of Research discussed new paradigms, analysis, and infrastructure involved in big data in the Keynote speech, titled Innovations in Public Data. In addition, Conference presenters from the Census Bureau, On […]

Data Science and Statistics

Is Data Science a disruptive anomaly to traditional statisticians? Or, are they one and the same thing with Data Science simply an extension of traditional statistics? There are a number of articles highlighting the differences between them throughout the internet. There are also some credible arguments describing the need for more statisticians in the Data […]

 

Senate Passes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On Wednesday, the Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This act is a significant development in the nation’s workforce development system utilizing evidence-based strategies for this development. One portion of the bill that is of real significance is the Bill’s requirement to align and streamline the workforce-related education and training systems. States will […]

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