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2017 Annual Conference

2017 APDU Annual Conference

Communicating Data

Innovate. Integrate. Communicate.

September 13-14, 2017
Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202 

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APDU is pleased to announce the 2017 APDU Conference! Packed with more content than ever before, join us for a conference that promises to grapple with the key issues of the day: the federal budget’s impact on the Census and other key statistical agencies, the transformation of statistics as we monitor the on-going shift from relying on surveys to greater integration of administrative and private data, and the new and creative approaches that data producers are taking to Communicate Data.

Mark your calendar today for September 13-14, 2017 in Arlington, VA. The 2017 APDU Annual Conference is packed with sessions created by your colleagues and in response to your needs. APDU is the ONLY place that you can learn about how data science comes together in the public sector and how new data management techniques are being employed in a wide array of agencies to meet data customer needs.

Featured speakers include new Chief Statistician of the United States Nancy Potok and Sarah Cohen of the New York Times.

Plan to submit your best graphic, image, or infographic for the 2nd annual Data Viz Awards.

Get to know your colleagues working as data managers and data scientists in a variety of agencies, public and private, university and nonprofit. APDU is where the data siloes collide and learn from one another – the very point where you can learn about innovation and bring it back to your own organization.

Join us. Register today!


Thanks to our exhibitors:

Conference OR Training Registration Fees* 
Non-Members Individual & Organizational Members Premium Organizational Members
Early Bird Registration
(On or before August 18)
$645 $475 $420
Full Price Registration
(After August 18)
$720 $525 $470


Help Protect Workplace Safety Data

Two former commissioners of the Bureau of Labor Statistics representing both political parties wrote to the leaders of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) opposing the repeal of the OSHA injury recordkeeping rule. This rule requires the collection of injury records of employers dating back five years. Please inform your networks about this important rule and tell them to contact the HELP committee to inform them about the value of this data.

Click here to read the letter.

APDU Welcomes New Directors

The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is excited to announce the election and re-election of four outstanding individuals to its Board of Directors. Congratulations are due to President Cliff Cook, Vice President Kevin McAvey, and At-Large Directors Elizabeth Nash and Mary Jo Hoeksema for their election. Cliff Cook was our past Vice President, while Elizabeth Nash has been elected to a second term as an At-Large Director. Kevin McAvey and Mary Jo Hoeksema are new additions to the Board of Directors. Warren Brown retains his seat on the Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.

Below is the new Board of Directors:

APDU Officers:

  • President: Cliff Cook, City of Cambridge
  • Vice President: Kevin McAvey, Manatt Health
  • Secretary: Sarah Burgoyne, Nielsen
  • Treasurer: Mauricio Ortiz, Bureau of Economic Analysis

At-Large Directors:

  • At-Large Board member: Elizabeth Nash, PolicyMap
  • At-Large Board member: Mary Jo Hoeksema, Population Association of America/Association of Population Centers
  • At-Large Board member: Kathryn Pettit, Urban Institute
  • At-Large Board member: Erin Holve, Department of Health Care Finance, the Government of the District of Columbia

Immediate Past President

  • Warren Brown, Cornell University

APDU would like to thank former Immediate Past President Bob Scardamalia of RLS Demographics and At-Large Director Steve Pierson of the American Statistical Association for their service, as they have completed their two terms on the Board following several years of excellent leadership. While we will miss their contributions, we look forward to continuing to work with them as members.  APDU is excited about the direction our new board leadership will take us in 2017 and beyond. To hear more about our new president’s vision, we encourage you to listen to Cliff Cook’s presentation at the recent APDU business meeting, archived here.

2016 APDU Accomplishments

Over the past 12 months, the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) has been busy providing members with the information, training, and advocacy that supports your important work. Our Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA was bigger than ever, we held our first ever training course, and our webinar series educated hundreds of attendees on a variety of topics. We are pleased to present to you APDU’s accomplishments from the past year.


  • Gathered over 180 attendees and speakers in Alexandria, VA to for a two-day conference on statistical policy; data collection, production, and delivery; emerging data issues; relevant data dissemination technologies; and more.
  • Held the inaugural APDU Data Viz Awards, given to exemplary data visualizations from seven organizations across the country that use public data.


  • Produced 48 APDU Weekly newsletters, informing APDU members about developments in federal data programs, novel data visualizations, data publications, and other data initiatives.
  • Introduced the APDU Job Board, updating members on opportunities in federal data agencies and the organizations that make use of publicly available data.


  • Developed APDU’s first ever training course, the well-attended Data Viz Made Simple event. Held in Arlington, VA on September 15-16 immediately following the 2016 APDU Annual Conference, the training was at full capacity and received exceedingly positive reviews.
  • Produced 14 webinars on topics including the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, Current Population Survey, and the underreporting of young children in federal statistical programs.

Data Advocacy

  • Provided opportunities for comment on nearly 200 federal actions in the Federal Register through the APDU Weekly.
  • Produced a webinar in collaboration with the Census Project on the Census Data Advocacy Toolkit to help state and local organizations build coalitions in support of an accurate census and comprehensive, reliable ACS.
  • Collaborated with Friends of BLS, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS), and the Census Project in advocacy efforts.
  • Participated in several Capitol Hill visits to Congressional staff representing the interests of statistical data users.
  • Signed on to several letters advocating for proper funding for Census, BLS, and BEA and supporting efforts to ensure the ACS remains mandatory.

APDU Annual Business Meeting and State of the Association

In a time of change in the federal statistical system and the federal government generally, APDU has been keeping you informed and prepared. Our Weekly Updates, annual conference, webinars, and even a new training course have kept us busy during 2016. Want to know what’s in store for 2017?

APDU is excited to announce our Annual Business Meeting on December 6, 2016, at 3 pm EST. The meeting will be convened by webinar and open to all APDU members.

The APDU Board of Directors will report on the state of the association, present this year’s accomplishments and goals for the coming year, and answer your questions.



Call to Order & Welcome
• Key Accomplishments
• Annual Conference Report
• Webinars
• Data Viz Made Simple Training
• Advocacy Activities

Fall 2016 Election

Financial Report

Looking Ahead
• Public Data University
• Annual Conference
• Training
• Get Involved With APDU


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 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

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 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.

Public Data University

The Public Data University webinar series develops the skills of a new generation of data users and inform current and future data users about innovations occurring in the Federal statistical system.

Because there is no one single source of training for all agency data sets, APDU is partnering with statistical agencies to develop up to 60 individual webinars as part of a continuing series which began in 2014.

There are three levels of webinars:

  • 101 – Introduction to Data Sets
  • 201 – Intermediate Application of Data Sets
  • 301 – Special Topics and Emerging Issues in Public Data

The webinars would be presented live as part of the regular APDU webinar program, and will also be recorded for later rebroadcast or use. Webinars will be available as a full set, by level, or in modules.

Four Modules of Education Details

Packaged sets are organized in modules that represent 4 major statistical categories that would be viewed by users as most relevant to their academic field or career discipline:Economic Statistics

  • Census Bureau, US DOC
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), US DOC
  • Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA
  • Statistics of Income Division (SOI), Internal Revenue Service, US Treasury
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), US DOL

Social and Demographic Statistics

  • Census Bureau, US DOC
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), US Dept. of Justice
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), US DOT
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), US Dept. of Education
  • National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), National Science Foundation

Health and Safety Statistics

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), US Dept. of Justice
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), US DOL
  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), HHS
  • Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics (ORES), Social Security Administration, HHS
  • Statistical unit at the Environmental Protection Agency

Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment Statistics

  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), US DOT
  • Energy Information Administration (EIA), US Dept. of Energy
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA
  • Statistical unit at the Environmental Protection Agency

Three Levels of Education Details

Each statistical agency would provide a senior level executive(s) to present a 30 to 60 minute webinar about their agency’s primary data products. As part of the webinar, the agency will also be asked to provide a brief demonstration designed to help users understand, access, and download the most frequently used data elements. Agencies also have the opportunity to produce supplemental materials.101 – Introduction to Data Sets
The introductory-level webinars serve a baseline learning experience and systematic overview of data sets. Each agency would explore the following questions:

  • What data are collected? Who are the primary users?
  • 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?

201  Intermediate Application of Data Sets
The intermediate webinars target more seasoned users, designed to provide the most useful tips to accessing data beyond what might have been shown in the introductory webinar. Each agency would explore the following questions:

  • What research questions do the statistical agency’s most frequent customers seek to answer?
  • What tips would you provide to frequent data users to access and download data?
  • What partnerships/alliances has the agency created to improve data accessibility or quality?
  • What data are available for more advanced users that may not be readily available on the website?
  • How does the agency handle special customer requests? How can customers provide feedback?
  • What feedback would help improve the agency’s data products or services?
  • What are the most significant priorities of the statistical program and what changes are planned in the coming year or two (assuming resources are available)?

301 – Special Topics and Emerging Issues in Public Data
In addition to the introductory and intermediate data webinars, a third webinar series would feature “special topics” about key inter-agency collaborations and initiatives that have the potential to change the nature of public data. These would occur on a rolling basis. Topic examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
Statistical Community of Practice and Engagement
Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology
Statistical Confidentiality and Data Sharing
Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
Measuring Relationships in Federal Household Surveys
Improving Data Systems on Health and Health Care
Supplemental Poverty Measure
2020 Decennial Census
Advanced Use of the American Community Survey
Sample Redesign for Demographic Surveys
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
Annual Current Population Survey Supplement
Improving Foreign Trade Statistics
Measuring Consumer Spending in the 21st Century
Measuring the Service and Construction Sectors
Revising the Shelter Component of Consumer Price Index
Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Delineations
Classification of Data on Race and Ethnicity



APDU is the national network for public data producers, disseminators, and users. The organization offers professional development to members and provides a mechanism to network and advocate on behalf of public data users.

The APDU membership consists of government agencies, universities and academic institutions, state and local governments, corporate and media organizations, nonprofits, startups, and individual advocates. While the annual conference and parts of this website are open to the public, members have access to additional resources, restricted website areas, and discounts on products.

To become an APDU member, visit the Join APDU page.

APDU Weekly
Every Thursday, APDU Weekly provides timely information on industry trends, calls for comment, latest reports, and events for public data providers. Members only. Back issues are available in the member area.  Click here for a preview issue of the APDU Weekly.

APDU Quarterly
Launched in 2014, APDU Quarterly provides in-depth study and commentary on federal data developments and other statistical sources and is published four times a year. Formerly the Newsletter, back issues are available in the member area.

Educational & Training Webinars
Starting in 2014, APDU began presenting a robust training schedule of webinars, known as Public Data University. Webinars are free to APDU members, fee-based for nonmembers. Broadcasts usually last 60 minutes and recordings archived in the member area.

Annual Conference Discounts & Registrations
The APDU Annual Conference focuses on statistical policy, data collection and delivery, emerging data issues, and relevant technologies. It provides an opportunity to interact with principal policy and decision makers in the data world. APDU members receive a discount on registration, and access to all materials and recordings in the member area.

Member Directory Access
Facilitating peer-to-peer outreach among a diverse network of public data experts, the membership directory is available exclusively to APDU members.

Tools & Resources
In conjunction with trainings, the Annual Conference, advocacy work, and external partners, APDU develops special publications and resources meant to further the development of the public data professional and the work of the industry.

Representation in Advocacy Efforts
APDU conducts advocacy on issues and events that affect public data. APDU’s Board of Directors represents the concerns of public data users and corresponds with administrators and officials directly involved with these matters. APDU also has representation on the Decennial Census Advisory Committee and COPAFS and has assisted with planning the American Community Survey (ACS) and revising the industrial coding scheme. For 2014, APDU is a supporting partner of Data Innovation Day.