Tips and Documentation

CEDSCI Deep Links Tutorial

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For those of you fighting with the new CEDSCI website, you can access tables directly through URL “deep links.” I have found for simple tasks, like getting several tables for all counties in a state, this is faster than going through the web search and table filter.

CEDSCI_Deep_Link_Tutorial

via Mara Kaminowitz, GIS Coordinator, Baltimore Metropolitan Council

White Screen or Access Denied Work-arounds on data.census.gov

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Posted on behalf of Census Bureau/ CLMSO and Census Bureau/ CEDSCI. This post discusses the website status as of March 17, 2020. More information will be coming.

We are so sorry you are having issues. In the majority of cases, the white screen or error message is an issue with the ASM security policy from the Census Bureau. We are working with TCO on this issue, but they are severely understaffed and we need their guidance to figure out next steps on how to implement changes in our code. We are working on getting this fixed, but we do not have a timetable other than it is an URGENT defect.

There are a few things people can do:
1. Use Chrome
2. Clear your cache
3. Enter the site through Advanced Search at data.census.gov/cedsci/advanced
4. Still not working or getting Error messages, send to cedsci.feedback@census.gov

White Screen WorkArounds: Slides are attached.

If anyone has questions, issues or problems with data.census.gov, they are encouraged to contact us at cedsci.feedback@census.gov

Please pass this email on to your Stakeholder and Partners.

Thank you,
The CEDSCI and DUB Staff

Differentially Private Census Data

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New from Minnesota Population Center IPUMS
Differentially Private Census Data
To help data users assess the impacts of differential privacy, the Census Bureau has released 2010 demonstration data products, which supply differentially private versions of 2010 data. To facilitate comparisons between the original and differentially private 2010 data, we provide both versions joined together in a simplified format through the links below.
Find it here: https://www.nhgis.org/differentially-private-2010-census-data

Letter on Differential Privacy and the Impacts on Public Data Products

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The steering committees of the Census Information Centers (CIC), Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates (FSCPE), and State Data Centers (SDC) transmitted a letter, on Nov. 27, 2019, to Census Director Dillingham. This letter outlines our questions and concerns regarding the Census Bureau’s move to a new Differential Privacy Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS).

Joint letter on Differential Privacy

The following is the Census Bureau’s response dated February 26, 2020:

Census Bureau Response – Differential Privacy – 20200226

The following is the Census Bureau’s response dated June 24, 2020:

Census Bureau Response – Differential Privacy – 20200624

Webinar: 2020 Census demonstration data: Privacy and accuracy issues, Dec. 4

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The Census State Data Centers steering committee is organizing a webinar for Dec. 4, titled: 2020 Census demonstration data: Privacy and accuracy issues.

When: Wed., December 4, 2:00 Eastern (11:00 Pacific). The webinar will be 90 minutes.

You can view the webinar recording here.

Presentation slidedecks are now available:

Presenters for this webinar are:

  • Jan Vink, research specialist at Cornell Program on Applied Demographics
  • Dave Van Riper, spatial analysis director at Univ of Minnesota Population Center
  • Beth Jarsoz, demographer at Population Reference Bureau
  • Todd Graham, principal demographer at Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities.

Thanks to Jenn Shultz, Pennsylvania State Data Center for hosting this webinar meeting.

You can view the webinar recording here.