Category Archives: 301

Statistics for the World of Open Data

In commemoration of World Statistics Day, Mark Elbert of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and Jay Meisenheimer of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will talk about the exciting and innovative ways their agencies are making their data available to the public to make it more accessible, insightful, and appealing. Meisenheimer will discuss how BLS uses data visualizations to tell interesting stories about the labor market and economy and Elbert will discuss how EIA uses relational metadata to create a data-ecosystem of interlinked online query tools, interactive charts and maps, and a robust open data program.

This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Statistical Association.

Presenters:
Mark Elbert, Director, Office of Web Management, Energy Information Administration
Jay Meisenheimer, Chief, Division of New Media, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The DATA Act: Delivering New Resources for Research – If All Goes Well

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) promises to transform the U.S. government’s finances by replacing disconnected documents with standardized and searchable data. The DATA Act requires the U.S. Treasury Department and the White House to work together to adopt government-wide data standards for the government’s spending information – everything from agencies’ financial statements to budget reports to grantee accountability to contracting databases.

Common data standards, including a government-wide recipient identifier and consistent data formats for account balances, will allow cross-agency searches and government-wide analytics for the first time. The impact of the DATA Act, if fully implemented, will go beyond democratic accountability. The law promises to create new management tools for data-driven decision-making as well. Learn how the DATA Act is creating a new era in spending transparency for the United States – if some significant challenges are overcome.

Presenter:
Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

Federal Spending in the States

The federal government makes outlays of over $3 trillion in the states each year, but the actual amount distributed in each state can vary significantly. Nationally, federal spending in the states was equivalent to 19 percent of total state economic activity in fiscal year 2013, but it ranged from 32.9 percent in Mississippi to 11.6 percent in Wyoming. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ fiscal federalism initiative has pulled together several data sources to produce a 50-state analysis of federal spending, filling in the significant data gap left when the U.S. Census Bureau discontinued the Consolidated Federal Funds Report in 2012.

This webinar will draw on the new report to show how both the total amount and mix of federal spending on salaries, contracts, grants and benefits payments to individuals vary widely from state to state. The webinar will also explain the sources Pew used to match the data once provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Presenters:
Sam Rosen-Amy, Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts

The Path to the 2020 Census Design Decision

The Census Bureau is planning to announce the preliminary 2020 Census design decision in September 2015. This presentation will cover the four key design areas – reengineering address canvassing, optimizing self response, utilizing administrative records, and reengineering field operations. The presentation will outline the related design options and/or components and the questions that need to be answered in order to make the design decision.

What The New DATA Act Means for Data Users

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

Heralded as the nation’s first open data law, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) requires agencies to publish government spending information in standardized machine-readable open data.

Specifically, the law calls on the Treasury Department and the White House to establish government-wide standards for financial data; directs all agencies to use those standards for their reporting requirements; and expands the accountability platform developed by the Recovery Act’s Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) from stimulus spending to all spending.

data_actProponents say the law will improve accountability to taxpayers and  provide tools to reduce waste and abuse. What does this new law mean for data users? What changes or improvements can be expected? Does this law mean more open and public data reform is on the way?

Speakers:

  • Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition
  • Others TBA

Course:
What The New DATA Act Means for Data Users  (301 Series)

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

 

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