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 […]
By Elizabeth Nash, Vice President of Data and Product Development, PolicyMap Our team at PolicyMap works with the latest publicly available data on a daily basis. We’re also avid consumers of the news media, staying abreast of trending topics and all things public policy-related. Given the nexus of publicly available data and current events, I’ve […]
There are less than 2 months until our Annual Conference and the timeliness of our topics, sessions and keynote speakers could not be any more on target! The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking is convening their first meeting on July 22. The bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-140) jointly sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan […]
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 […]
It’s a new day for public data. A sea change has come to evidence-based policy making. Big, open, transactional data are subsuming reliable, solid, deliberative statistics in the eyes of the media, the public, and in some cases even lawmakers. The challenge for the Federal statistical agencies is to adapt or become irrelevant. How can […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Supervisory Management Analyst (Chief, […]
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 email@example.com. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Supervisory Management Analyst […]
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 […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Bureau of Economic Analysis Economist Research […]
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 […]
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 email@example.com. American Council on Education Senior Policy Research Analyst […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]
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
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 […]
Funding for the Census Bureau and ACS has been a hot topic on Capitol Hill lately. Congress is considering making responses to the survey voluntary (currently they are mandatory by law), eliminating questions from the survey that are considered too nosy, and even eliminating the survey entirely. On May 27, the Census Project, a network […]
By Warren A. Brown, President, APDU In the Census Bureau publication Budget Estimates, Fiscal Year 2016, As Presented to Congress, February 2015 the Bureau proposed “to terminate permanently the ‘3-Year Data’ Product” of the American Community Survey (page CEN – 106). Many data users have come to rely on the 3-Year ACS data products for […]
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 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 […]
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.
Congratulations to all our new and re-elected office holders. Thank you to everyone who voted, as voter turnout was the highest it’s been in years.
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 […]
Read our recap of the #IgniteAPDU session.
At the 2014 APDU Annual Conference, a session entitled Administrative Data: Promise vs. Privacy discussed the pros and cons of the application of administrative data versus concerns about personal privacy. Read more about it.
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 […]
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 and […]
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 […]
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 […]