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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, businesses, and governments use publicly available data. Businesses rely on data from the Census Bureau and other agencies for information about demographics, local income, and more to identify locations for expansions. Governments use the same data to distribute federal funding. Researchers use health data from the National Center for Health Statistics, data on education outcomes from the National Center for Education Statistics, or crime data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics to produce important reports.  Public data plays a critical role in the daily work of academics, the private sector and public sector.  This data is a public good that requires an intermediary, APDU, to advocate for its continued funding and to make it accessible to all.

The following member benefits help APDU members learn about and take advantage of public data:

  • The weekly newsletter gives members updates on news related to the public data programs they rely on, interesting new data publications, and regulatory changes to programs found in the Federal Register.
  • The Public Data University is the premier source for webinars on both major and obscure federal data agencies, programs, and special public data topics.
  • The Annual Conference is a member favorite, with informative presentations from federal agencies and data experts from a variety of fields, networking opportunities, and vendors from the federal government, private sector, and nonprofits.
  • The Member Area on APDU.org provides access to archived training, resources, tools, and publications.

We at APDU are excited about our newest website feature, the APDU Job Board. Members are welcome to submit job postings at their organizations; the post will include member submissions and a curated selection of job postings that both members and non-members can access. Every week, the blog will feature a new selection of jobs from members and the public data universe.

Public data is the lifeblood of researchers, businesses, and governments. APDU will help you identify new data sources, how to access them, and most importantly, how to use public data to produce great work for your organization. Sign up to become a member today!

APDU offers four levels of membership:

Premium Organizational membership – $995

  • Full access to all member benefits and content
  • Up to 25 staff with access to member benefits
  • Unlimited free Public Data University webinars and resources
  • 10 annual conference registrations at Premium member rate
  • Training at member rate
  • Eligible for APDU Board of Directors and committees

Basic Organizational membership – $375 / $700

  • Full access to all member benefits and content
  • Up to 3 staff with access to member benefits (4-6 contacts, $700)
  • Unlimited free Public Data University webinars and resources
  • Conference and training registration at member rate
  • Eligible to serve on APDU Board of Directors and committees

Individual membership – $200

  • Full access to all member benefits and content
  • One person (additional contacts activate the Basic Organization rate)
  • Unlimited free Public Data University webinars and resources
  • Conference and training registration at member rate
  • Eligible to serve on APDU Board of Directors and committees

Affiliate membership – $75

  • APDU Weekly, APDU Quarterly, access to member area content
  • One person (additional contacts activate the Basic Organization rate)
  • One free access to live webinar; conference and training registration at full rate
  • Eligible to serve on APDU committees
  • Students (w/ active student ID) eligible for special member and conference registration rates

For more information about becoming an APDU member, contact info@apdu.org

Download the application form (PDF)

Send your completed form and dues to:

Association of Public Data Users
P. O. Box 100155
Arlington, VA 22210

 

APDU Board of Directors Election

The APDU Nominations Committee has nominated the following slate of candidates for 2 at-large board member seats:

The following candidate has been nominated for Vice President:

  • Clifford Cook, Planning Information Manager, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Finally, the following candidate has been nominated for President:

  • Warren A. Brown, Research Faculty, Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research

This announcement opens a 14-day period in which any APDU member (or representative of a member organization) vote for one of the above positions. Members have until December 15, 2014 to cast a vote. Candidate statements are available by clicking on each candidate’s name.

Click here to vote!

Introduction to Data Sets: Social Security Administration

ORES: Roles of the Social Security Administration’s Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics

This introductory-level webinar serves as a baseline learning experience and systematic overview of data sets, including an overview of:

• Published statistics available on the ORES website
• Research conducted or sponsored by ORES
• Research and Statistical Data Linkage
• Requesting SSA Vital Status or Program Data

Presenters:
Angela Harper, Social Science Research Analyst in the Office of Statistical Analysis and Support within the Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics
Paul Davies, Director of the Office of Policy Evaluation and Modeling within the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics
Marc Sinofsky, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Associate Commissioner within the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics.

Breaking News: New Amendment Endangers 2020 Census

APDU has just learned that Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has filed an amendment to the FY2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (H.R. 4660), being considered now in the U.S. Senate, that would prohibit the Census Bureau from spending funds on the 2020 Census unless it includes questions regarding U.S. citizenship and immigration status.

For more detailed information, go to the Census Project Blog here: http://www.thecensusproject.org/factsheets/fy15/FY15-VitterAmendment-talking_points.pdf

Understanding Online Jobs Ads Data (301 Series)

Part of APDU’s Public Data University “301 – Special Topics” series.

As the use of online job ads has proliferated beyond the simple job-search model, the research community is increasingly experimenting with the detailed breakdown of online job ads. Despite increased usage, there has been limited research assessing the usefulness of this data source to study labor market dynamics.

Gtown WorkforceResearchers from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University will present findings from a new report that sheds light on the emergence of online job ads data. While useful in measuring labor demand and honing in on previously inaccessible variables, online job ads data come with limitations.

Part of Public Data University’s “301 – Special Topics” series, this webinar will discuss and analyze properties of these data sets, particularly as they relate to traditional, survey-based sources.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Strohl, Director of Research, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University
  • Tamara Jayasundera, Research Professor and Senior Economist, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University

Course:
Understanding Online Jobs Ads Data (301 Series)

Cost:
Free, APDU & C2ER members and LMI Institute member states
Free, nonmembers

Introduction to Data Sets: Bureau of Justice Statistics Demographic Statistics

Part of APDU’s Public Data University series, this webinar serves as a baseline learning experience and systematic overview of demographic statistics at the Introduction to Data Sets: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Demographic Statistics. This presentation will explore the following questions:

  • What data are collected? Who are the primary users? BJS
  • What research questions are most frequently answered with the agency’s data set?
  • How are the data collected? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • How frequently are the data updated? At what level geography are they collected?
  • What is the delay between the reference period and publication?
  • How are the data disseminated? How is the agency’s web delivery system structured?
  • Who can the user contact if they want to know more about the data program?

Speaker:
TBA

Course:
Introduction to Data Sets: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Demographic Statistics 101 (Intro to Data Sets)

Cost:
Free, APDU & C2ER members and LMI Institute member states
$50, nonmembers

APDU Signs on to Letter Concerning Missouri Legislation

The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) joined the Marketing Research Association (MRA) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) to express concern proposed legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives. A proposed bill by Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-158), H.B. 1485, could increase the cost of Missouri state government agencies’ research efforts and jeopardize the representativeness and reliability of that research. Continue reading

NEW DATE: 2013 APDU Business Meeting

APDU’s 2013 Annual Business meeting, will take place by webinar, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 2 pm EST. The meeting should run for approximately 30 minutes and will allow for audience Q & A following presentations and reports. NOTE: This is a new day and time, rescheduled from the Dec 12 date.

This meeting is open to all APDU members.

Agenda coming soon