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ED NOTE: Today is World Statistics Day

Last month, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that our department will be hiring our first ever Chief Data Officer (CDO), building on her commitment to Commerce’s role as “America’s Data Agency.” She also announced the formation of a data advisory council comprising private sector leaders who will help the CDO navigate new and dynamic data challenges. This is the latest chapter in Commerce’s long history of adapting to serve the needs of an ever-changing American economy.

Advocating the Transformative Power of Commerce Data at NYC STRATA + Hadoop World Conference

New York City - Under Secretary Mark Doms participated in a high level data discussion this morning at the Strata+Hadoop World Conference in New York City. Before an audience of 500 leading technologists and data programmers, Under Secretary Doms talked with host Jennifer van der Meer, Adjunct Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and CEO of Reason Street, to explore the Department of Commerce's strategic data plan and Doms' efforts to move the federal statistical system into the era of big data.

Preparing for the 2020 Census: Measuring Race and Ethnicity in America

Cross blog post by John Thompson, U.S. Census Bureau Director

​The year 2020 may seem a long way away, but we’re already in full swing preparing for the next decennial census. On Monday, October 6th, we held an operations update to announce some of the steps we’re taking to ensure that the 2020 Census provides the highest-quality statistics about our nation’s increasingly changing population, such as how we measure race and ethnicity.

Data is the Key to the Factory of the Future

New tool shows manufacturing in America carries huge potential savings; a reshoring success “toy story”

This week, as we celebrate the country’s vital manufacturing sector, we are excited to unveil a new tool that will allow manufacturers to calculate potentially significant savings that can be realized by manufacturing in America.

GDP Turns up in Second Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The second-quarter growth rate was revised up 0.4 percentage point from the "second" estimate released in August. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 2.1 percent.

Data Innovation Summit: Taking Advantage of Boston’s Big Data Movement

I was honored to deliver the keynote address this morning to over 800 of today's data leaders.  In preparation I had one goal: to tell the story of data -- how far the Department of Commerce has come and it's potential for the future. These are exciting times. Over the past decade, jobs in data fields have grown at a rate 6 times faster than the economy as a whole, and these jobs pay 73% more than the typical American job.

Lessons Learned: Exploring the Value of Open Data on Capitol Hill

United States Senator Mark Warner (VA) with Under Secretary Mark Doms at Capitol Hill Briefing on the value of government data.Government data helps drive our economy and will increasingly become more important in the future.

Government Data: the Driver of Innovation

Daniel Castro, Director, Center for Data InnovationWhen the U.S. government began gathering data for the first decennial census in 1790, few would have predicted the enormous role that government-collected data would eventually have on the nation.

1776 Roundtable: Businesses Growing Out of Data

US Mark Doms Addresses Businesses at 1776Washington, D.C. - Yesterday morning, I visited start-up hub1776, to discuss the Department of Commerce's efforts to make government data more accessible and informative – to build businesses, grow the economy and help governments and individuals make more informed decisions.

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