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Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews Addresses Technology Leaders on Revolutionizing Commerce Data

Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews Addresses Addresses 4th meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council at Google Headquarters in New York CityDeputy Secretary Bruce Andrews today addressed the 4th meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council at Google Headquarters in New York City. He commended the group on its success and outlined a vision to continue to make data more accessible and usable for the public. 

Asking For Help: #CDACMtg in New York

Today we're sitting down with leaders of some of the country's top tech companies and asking for help.

As the Commerce Data Service continues to develop amazing products with our country's vast amount of public data, we're reaching out to our Commerce Data Advisory Committee to solicit their feedback.

A New Look for the Commerce Data Advisory Council

The Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) will convene for their 4th meeting on May 5-6 in New York City at Google's Manhattan office. This meeting is focused on Commerce's economic data, and the innovative ways the Department is working to improve and better utilize these valuable datasets. 

In conjunction with this event, the Commerce Data Service has re-designed CDAC's website to offer a better experience for CDAC members, the media, and the general public.

Leading the Way on Data Innovation

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews at the Strata + Hadoop ConferenceI had the honor to speak at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in San Jose, CA today. This Big Data conference brings together thousands of the smartest people in the tech and data world to share best practices in data science in the private, non-profit and public sectors. As "America's Data Agency," the U.S. Commerce Department plays a key role in providing the data that serves as the foundation for many of the innovations we see coming out of the private sector.

My First Year as Chief Data Officer

U.S. Department of Commerce Hosts First Commerce Data Advisory Committee Meeting in April, 2015This week marks my first anniversary as the US Commerce Department's first-ever Chief Data Officer. This past year was challenging.  But it was also an incredible opportunity to stand in the pilot-house of "America's Data Agency" and chart a new course that strengthened the agency's hugely important operations.  As I reflect on the past year, I want to share a personal reflection on the major roadblocks, lessons and accomplishments we've experienced.

Opportunity Data Set Powered by U.S. Census Bureau Information

U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, introduces Census Bureau Director John Thompson at Announcement of the Opportunity Project at the White HouseThis afternoon, I attended the launch of the Opportunity Project at the White House. The Opportunity Project is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that uses Census Bureau data to help cities and local governments use new, curated, open data to account for how they use federal housing dollars.

A Look at How Commerce Data Fuels Innovation

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Tours Exhibit at PayPal's Headquarters in San JoseThe U.S. Commerce Department is responsible for producing troves of data – including weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), patent applications from the Patent and Trademark Office, demographic information from the Census Bureau, economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and export data from the International Trade Administration. This data is the foundation for innovative ideas from the private sector. And during a trip to Silicon Valley on Feb 26, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker saw firsthand how businesses, both established and startups alike, rely on Commerce data to fuel their ideas.

Analytics.usa.gov: Now with Agency-Specific Dashboards

Editor's note: This blog was originally posted on digitalgov.gov

We've added agency-specific dashboards to analytics.usa.gov!

Screenshot of Analytics.usa.gov Homepage

Starting today, you'll see a dropdown from the main analytics.usa.gov page that allows you to view the same dashboard, but filtered for websites that are administered by one of 10 specific agencies:

Visualizing Atmospheric Rivers

Editor's Note: The Commerce Data Service recently launched the Commerce Data Usability Project to feature tutorials and case studies in order to assist data scientists, programmers, researchers and other data users access and utilize a range of Commerce Department datasets. As part of this project, a number of external organizations are sharing tutorials illustrating their innovative use of Commerce data. In the guest blog below, Mapbox explains how to visualize NOAA precipitable water data. To learn more about this project, visit www.commerce.gov/datausability.

Atmospheric Rivers (AR) are narrow regions in the atmosphere that transport water across the world. Like a river suspended in the air, these phenomena carry moisture from the humid tropics to temperate areas, where it has the potential to fall as rain or snow. ARs can range in size, and we depend on them to resupply water reserves. However, when a large AR stalls over an area, it also can bring the risk of heavy, damaging rainfalls and flooding.

Announcing the Commerce Data Usability Project

The U.S. Department of Commerce collects, processes and disseminates data on a range of issues that impact our nation. Whether it's data on the economy, the environment, or technology, data is critical in fulfilling the Department's mission of creating the conditions for economic growth and opportunity. It is this data that provides insight, drives innovation, and transforms our lives. The U.S. Department of Commerce has become known as "America's Data Agency" due to the tens of thousands of datasets including satellite imagery, material standards and demographic surveys.

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