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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.

The Value of Government Weather and Climate Data

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collects weather and climate data. As we noted in a recent Commerce Department report on the Value of Government Data, the return to society on investment in government meteorological data is large.

BEA’s New Statistical Product Enriches Understanding of Consumer Behavior at the State Level

On August 7th, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will premiere a new report on consumer spending, "Personal Consumption Expenditures by State." This represents a major advancement in the level of information available on consumer spending behaviors at the sub-national level. Why is it important? Because consumer spending is a major driver of the U.S. economy's overall health.

Who is Buying American? Considering U.S. Exports

U.S. goods exports reached over 200 countries in 2013. Some buy more, others buy less, but all buy from America. At first blush, our export markets appear fairly concentrated, geographically speaking (see Figure 1 below). For example, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and Germany—our top 5 export markets measured by the value of exports in 2013—collectively captured almost half of the $1.6 trillion in U.S. goods exports, and the top 20 goods export markets as of 2013, captured 78 percent of U.S. export value.

Using Data to Connect Workers & Employers at Career Building Data Jam

Left to right are Adam Zukerman from Fosterly and Jason Lewis from An Estuary.On Friday, I was part of the team from the Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Office of the Vice President, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) who joined up with Baltimore's Morgan State University (MSU) to "data jam" on how to get America's youth connected to j

Panelists, Audience Provide Feedback on the Value of Census Data at ESRI Conference

As I mentioned in my most recent blog post, last week I moderated a panel session at ESRI’s International Users Conference in San Diego, California, titled, "Calling All Business, Government and Community Decision Makers -- Help the Census Bureau Innovate Its Data Products and Services."

Help Census Bureau Innovate Its Data Products and Services!

At the 2014 ESRI User's Conference, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Mark Doms will moderate a session featuring panelists from the private sector and federal government that use the American Community Survey (ACS) to make strategic decisions.  The session will provide multiple perspectives on the many uses of ACS data – everything from emergency response to determining new business investments – and also provide the opportunity for panelists to vote on ACS topics they consider most valuable to their industries.

New Commerce Department report explores huge benefits, low cost of government data


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