By APDU Board Member Sue Copella
Be sure to register for the 2019 APDU Annual Conference! The conference is being held at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA on July 9-10. The agenda is set and there are some very exciting speakers. Along with the ever popular Washington Briefing and Data Viz Awards, this year the conference has three main themes: the breath of public data, diverse uses of public data and strengthening and supporting the public data system.
I am also very excited to present this year on the panel discussing Best Ways to Access the Census Data You Need. As the State Data Center for Pennsylvania I will be presenting on the National State Data Center program and how the states and territories serve the information needs by disseminating demographic and economic data to academic institutions, businesses, non-profits and private citizens. For the session I will be partnering with the Census Bureau who will be talking about the new dissemination platform and the Federal Statistical Research Data Center.
While I have been a member of APDU for years, last year was the first time I was able to attend the conference since it was held during the summer. It is a great place for both data users and producers of pubic data to meet and share information on what others are doing in the public data world. So, if you haven’t had a chance to register, please do so today.
As 2019 APDU Annual Conference Committee Chair, I would like to cordially invite you to attend what is shaping up to be a fantastic 2019 APDU Annual Conference July 9 – 10 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. The 2019 Annual Conference “Wide World of Data” will focus on three main themes this year: the breadth of public data; diverse uses of public data; and what is being done to strengthen and support the public data system. The conference will once again be an excellent opportunity for users and producers of public data to connect, share information, and learn.
I myself being an economist at the U.S Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) am excited as both a producer and user of public data to attend the APDU Annual Conference. As a producer of public data I am eagerly looking forward to discussions about the pros and cons of using differential privacy with public data as well as the use of machine learning and algorithms with public data. I want to hear an update about the latest information on the federal statistical agency reorganization proposed by the administration. I am looking forward for the opportunity to meet users of BEA data.
As a user of public data I am excited to hear the latest developments with regard to data from colleagues at the U.S Census Bureau, U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and the Kentucky Center for Statistics. I am looking forward to learning how public data is being used to inform decision making from speakers from Georgetown University, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, the University of Alabama Institute for Rural Health Research, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and more. Finally, I am especially thrilled by the opportunity to hear from statistical agency leadership including, the Directors of both the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
I look forward to seeing you at the 2019 APDU Annual Conference.
The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is pleased to announce the 2019 Data Viz Awards. We are once again soliciting creative and meaningful graphic designs that use publicly-available data (for example, data from the Census Bureau or Bureau of Labor Statistics) to convey a compelling point or story.
About the Award
APDU started the Data Viz Awards in response to our members’ growing need to communicate their data and research to a variety of audiences using graphic technologies and cutting-edge techniques. APDU hopes to engage data users and help them understand and share data for analysis and decision making.
Winners will be invited to present at the 2019 APDU Annual Conference on July 10, 2019 in Arlington, VA. Winners in the “Researchers & Students” category will also receive a free APDU membership for 2019.
What We’re Looking For
APDU will select creative and compelling images in four categories:
- State/Local government, including independent and quasi-independent agencies;
- Federal government, including independent and quasi-independent agencies;
- Private firms, which can include consultancies, advocacy groups, or any other private firms using public data; and
- Researchers/Students, which can include any visuals published or formally presented by researchers or students in higher education, think tanks, research organizations, nonprofits, or similar.
Submissions must have been made publicly available between June 2018 and May 2019. We are accepting submissions that appeared in a published research paper or article either in print or on the web, in a public presentation, as a stand-alone infographic, as a website feature, and/or as another official product.
Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019
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APDU staff attended the Census 2020: Navigating the National and Local Challenges panel discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution to hear legal, demographic, and Census experts discuss a Decennial Census that has garnered interest both for its importance and for its controversies. Primary questions from the meeting revolved implications of including the citizenship question in the Decennial Census, cybersecurity, and how to encourage residents to respond.
Former Census Bureau Director John Thompson noted that there is “no basis for the citizenship question” and that agency research indicates that it will decrease the response rate. Brookings Senior Fellow William Frey supported Thompson’s statements by emphasizing the importance of gathering this community data and the impacts it will have on communities’ federal funding, private grant dollars, and resources to serve the right population.
Thompson shared that the Census Bureau was underfunded from 2012 – 2017, so the Bureau prioritized shifting from the traditional paper collection to an automated and online process. He noted the Bureau is constantly working on improving cybersecurity and is committed to keeping residents’ responses safe and confidential.
The second panel facilitated by the National League of Cities’ CEO Clarence Anthony focused on the implications and efforts at the local level to ensure the best data possible is collected. Beth Link, the Director of Census Counts, encouraged communities to educate their elected officials and noted that there will be questionnaire assistance centers to help make the necessary technology accessible to communities where it’s needed and to help answer questions as residents complete the forms.
APDU will continue to monitor 2020 Census preparations and will serve as a resource to our members moving forward. To learn more and hear directly from Census Bureau leadership, join us at the APDU Annual Conference in Arlington, VA on July 9-10, 2019.
Resources shared during the discussion include:
Recordings of the Panels can be found below.
July 11-12, 2019
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APDU is pleased to announce the results of the elections for our Board of Directors. Our new Officers and At-Large Directors include:
President: Kevin McAvey, Senior Manager, Manatt Health
Vice President: Mary Jo Hoeksema, Director of Government Affairs, Population Association of America and Association of Population Centers
At-Large Director: Susan Copella, Director, Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC), Institute of State and Regional Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg
At-Large Director: Beth Jarosz, Senior Research Associate, Population Reference Bureau
Join us in giving a warm welcome to our new members. Congratulations!