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High-Value Data Sets Across Commerce Bureaus

We need broader input to curate a real list of valuable and usable data, both from government experts and others outside the government.

  • Which other data sets – including outside the Department of Commerce – should we and the public be focused upon?
  • How are others using this data?
  • What could these data sets be used for?

Addressing Data Inequality - Starting a Public Dialogue about High Value Data

Justin Antonipillai - Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker, with the Delegated Duties of the Under Secretary for Economic AffairsThe Department of Commerce is on a mission to "democratize" our data – advance equal access to data in America – and promote data equality.

When we have been talking about data inequality – a critical question has been, "Which particular data sets should we use, and for what?"

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Naturalization Oath Ceremony

Counselor Justin Antonipillai fist-pumps youngster at naturalization ceremonyNote: The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, among other courts across the country, regularly hosts Naturalization Ceremonies to administer the Oath of Allegiance to individuals to complete their process of becoming U.S. citizens.  At this event, the Honorable James E. Boasberg, District Judge of the Court, administered the oath to 125 individuals from 40 different countries.  The Court invited Counselor Antonipillai to be the keynote speaker at this event, share his personal experiences on becoming a citizen, and meet the newest citizens and their family and friends. The following are his remarks.

Hero Hackers, DOC Data and Smart Home Innovation in Play at TechCrunch 2016 Hackathon

Just a quick note with another story about “hero hackers” we’re exposing our data to in an effort to see what creative solutions they can design to make the world a little better.

This weekend, the Department of Commerce will be one of the first federal agencies to have its datasets play a starring role in the TechCrunch Disrupt conference hackathon in San Francisco. 

Innovating with Data at DOC

Commerce Data Service (CDS), Data Science Team pictured left to right: Negar Kalbasi, CDS, Pri Oberoi, CDS, Star Ying, CDS, Stephen Devine, EDA, Andrea Julca, BEA, April Blair, PTO, Karl Skowronek, PTOThe rapid evolution of technology and the rise of all things digital have unleashed a stunning amount of data through federal agencies – and an unprecedented opportunity to advance the ways in which we share, analyze, interpret and put data to work in meaningful ways. To that end, I’d like to share a few stories that demonstrate how using data science, agile development methods, user-centered design principles and simple visualizations can unlock new levels of productivity and insight from data at the DOC.  

Hands in the air for Census City SDK team

Image of API:World awardLet me share the exciting news: The Census City SDK project we’re so proud of just won a 2016 API World Award for best innovations in harnessing data in ways that have a meaningful impact on our nation and our lives.

Examining the Government-Constituent Relationship. With data. And trees.

Image of a HurricaneIn 2012, Hurricane Sandy inflicted tens of billions of dollars in losses, destroying or damaging thousands of homes and vehicles and bringing the Northeast US to a grinding halt. A lesser cited impact was the storm’s toll on the city’s urban forestry. Sandy knocked down or seriously damaged over 20,000 street trees in New York City (NYC) alone.

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