Tag Archives: Public Data University

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

 

Georgetown U. researchers discuss online jobs ads data

Last week, Jeff Strohl and Tamara Jayasundera from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University presented findings from their just-released report on online jobs ads data, as part of the Public Data University 301-level special topic series.

During the Q&A portion of the webinar, an attendee asked a question about changes in skill requirements for specific occupations. Listen to Jeff and Tamara discuss the question.

APDU members can access the full recording and powerpoint in the Member Area.

Susan Aud discusses CTE stats at NCES

Last week, Susan Aud from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) presented an overview of the agency’s datasets as part of the Public Data University 101-level series on federal data.

During the Q&A portion of the webinar, an attendee asked a question about the new Career/Technical Education (CTE) Statistics system. Listen to Susan discuss what’s available, or read more about them on NCES’s website.

APDU members can access the recording, powerpoint, and reference sheet in the Member Area.

Introduction to Data Sets: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 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: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Demographic Statistics. This presentation will explore the following questions:

  • What data are collected? Who are the primary users? USDA-NASS-Logo
  • 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:
Virginia Harris, Statistician, USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service

Course:
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Demographic Statistics 101 (Intro to Data Sets)

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

Peg Young discusses county level data at BTS

Last week, Peg Young from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) presented an overview of the agency’s datasets as part of the Public Data University 101-level series on federal data.

During the Q&A portion of the webinar, an attendee asked a question about county-level data at BTS. Listen to Peg discuss what’s available.

APDU members can access the recording, powerpoint, and reference sheet in the Member Area.