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Refresher on Census’s embargo data access program

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Many of you have embargo data access privileges with the Census Bureau. This post is a refresher on the rules associated with the embargo access program.

Your embargo data access privileges allow you to download, review and analyze data prior to its public release. This early access enables you to provide relevant and accurate assistance. Access privileges also allow you to prepare a local news release to coincide with the Census Bureau’s release.

If you have embargo data access privileges, this access is for YOU ALONE. It is NOT to be shared with anyone.

Within your SDC, if there are co-workers who need embargo access, these co-workers can request their own embargo data access login. To discuss this possibility, please contact any member of the SDC Steering Committee.

Some SDC coordinating agencies have access. Please share this email with them, as they are subject to the same rules.

With this access, certain rules MUST be followed. The embargo policy is online, here: www.census.gov/newsroom/embargo/embargo-policy.html
 

Embargo access is granted on an individual basis only and cannot be shared with unapproved colleagues or associates ….

Embargoed news releases and data files may not be released to the public by any means (including print, broadcast, Internet, podcast, blogs, or in any other form) before the specified date and time of release. Failure to adhere to this embargo policy will result in the removal of embargo privileges of the reporter (or SDC participant) as follow:

  1. First breach – six-month suspension of embargo privileges.
  2. Subsequent breach – one-year suspension of embargo privileges. Reinstatement must be requested in writing …

The Census Bureau, through its Public Information Office, reserves the right to deny access to embargoed information to any entity that abuses embargo privileges.

If an embargo is broken, the Census Bureau will immediately release the data to the public and a notification will be sent alerting data users that the information is now available to the public.

The Associate Director for Communications or his/her designee has final approval on all matters pertaining to embargo access.

If you have questions about appropriate use of embargo data, please ask Census Bureau staff. We recommend starting with Barbara LaFleur in CLMSO DUB: Barbara.A.LaFleur@census.gov

Finally, if you know of co-workers or SDC coordinating or affiliate colleagues who need embargo access, please contact any member of the SDC Steering Committee to discuss.

Thanks for your attention to this!

 

Regards,

The SDC Network Steering Committee

Storing and publishing files via the SDC Clearinghouse

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In March, we invited you to share new products or resources from your State Data Center. (Lead, coord, and affiliate members are all welcome.) Your new product can be an interactive data query tool, a data dashboard, a collection of area profiles, a presentation, or a traditional report.

You can tell us about your new product or resource through this google form… https://goo.gl/forms/fLc3pxkFNWO7t9zQ2

When you submit the name and URL link of your product, we’ll format it as a new item in the wordpress database at SDCClearinghouse.com.

 

An SDC member has asked: Can we store and publish files via the SDC Clearinghouse?

Specifically, files that don’t (yet) have a home online.

If you have new resources to share, the best practice is to publish in a web-accessible space, where you have the control to add, revise or update (or delete) your own files. That space might or might not be your agency’s main public website.

Some options:

  • If the resource is programming or code, consider google drive, or dropbox, or a code-publishing site, like github.
  • If the resource you wish to share is a database, consider storing it on an FTP site, or google drive, or dropbox.
  • If the resource is a geodatabase (or shapefile), consider publishing to a geodata clearinghouse in your own state or region.

One more option is the SDC Clearinghouse on wordpress. Storage space is available, though with size restrictions (files less than 20 Meg).  To request space and provide files for publication, contact the SDC Clearinghouse webteam with a short note explaining your need.

What’s new on the SDC Clearinghouse website?

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What’s new on the SDC Clearinghouse website? You tell us!

Please take a couple minutes to share a new product or resource from your State Data Center. (Lead, coord, and affiliate members are all welcome.) Your new product can be an interactive data query tool, a data dashboard, a collection of area profiles, a presentation, or a traditional report. We’re looking for great examples of these — examples that are published to the web, and that provide an example or model for peer states.

Tell us about it through this google form… https://goo.gl/forms/fLc3pxkFNWO7t9zQ2

When you submit the name and URL link of your product, we’ll format it as a new item blurb in the wordpress database at SDCClearinghouse.com.

We do verify URL links, so expect a short delay (1-2 days) in making your item and link visible.

This quick, easy form enables the sharing of new work across the states. And you can see the collection we’re building here:

So fill out the form today!

We will share your good works.

Applied uses of American Community Survey: success stories

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Subject: ACS Data User Stories

The American Community Survey Office at the U.S. Census Bureau is interested in learning more about how businesses, nonprofit organizations, governments (fed/state/local), economic development offices, etc… use the American Community Survey (ACS), so that we can speak about how valuable the survey is. If you have specific examples you would be willing to share with them on the ways that you or those in your networks uses ACS data, please send to Janice.Ann.Valdisera@census.gov or Justin.T.Keller@census.gov

Thank you,
Lakiva M Pullins
Chief, Data Users Branch
Customer Liaison & Marketing Services Office
U.S. Census Bureau

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Events in the States

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Location When Summary Description
Goshen NY May 30, 2017 New York Region LUCA Promotional Event Census staff provide Presentation
Dearborn MI May 30, 2017 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Urban Data Project Census staff provide Meeting
Suitland MD May 30, 2017 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Income & Poverty Webinar Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Panorama City CA May 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Grant Writing Workshop Census staff provide Presentation
Harrisonburg VA May 31, 2017 Shenandoah Valley GIS Group Census staff provide Presentation
Biloxi MS May 31, 2017 Road to 2020 Meeting with Mayor Census staff provide Presentation
Houma LA May 31, 2017 Road to 2020 Meeting with Mayor Census staff provide Presentation
Petaluma CA May 31, 2017 CA LUCA Workshop Petaluma Community Center Census staff provide Presentation
LEHIGHTON PA May 31, 2017 at 7:00 am – 10:00 am AFF Primer Webinar Census staff provide Webinar
Durant OK May 31, 2017 at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Census Data Training Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Fresno CA May 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm Census Data for Grant Writing Workshop Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Galloway NJ May 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Workshop: Using Census Data on the Web Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Frankford DE June 1, 2017 Philadelphia Region LUCA Promotional Event Census staff provide Presentation
Walnut Creek CA June 1, 2017 CA LUCA Workshop City of Walnut Creek Census staff provide Presentation
Gillette WY June 1, 2017 Wyoming Association of Municipalities Annual Convention Census staff provide Presentation
Marquette MI June 1, 2017 Michigan Municipal League Upper Peninsula Educational Summit Census staff provide Presentation
Gulfport MS June 1, 2017 Road to 2020 Meeting with Mayor Census staff provide Presentation
Roanoke WV June 1, 2017 West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals Census staff provide Presentation
Denver CO June 1, 2017 IMIA Americas Denver Meetup Census staff provide Presentation
Lehighton PA June 2, 2017 at 7:00 am – 10:00 am Newsroom Training Census staff provide Training/Workshop

The events listed above are pulled from a google calendar. These events are expected to have participation by Census Bureau staff.

If you have a Census SDC sponsored event or a 2020 Census partnership event to add, contact our webteam, and ask for access to the google calendar.