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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.

Commerce Data Service: Software vulnerabilities and the impact on our lives

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Editor's Note: The newly launched Commerce Data Service is working with the 12 bureaus that make up the Commerce Department to identify opportunities to maximize their data to better serve the public. Among the Service's priorities is developing data visualizations that simply and effectively explain complex data sets.

You've probably noticed it in your periphery - every few months on the news, on Facebook, or Twitter - warnings to update your computers or phones lest they be vulnerable to an attack or other bad outcome. It's an accepted reality in most American's lives that the tools that empower us may also leave us vulnerable to cyber threats. The impact of these vulnerabilities can range from minor inconveniences to large financial losses.

Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year's Day

Graphic of New Year Population EstimateAs our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the United States population will be 322,762,018 on Jan. 1, 2016. This represents an increase of 2,472,745, or 0.77 percent, from New Year's Day 2015. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 14,016,480, or 4.54 percent.

CDAC Takes the Next Step

The Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) has just launched two new working groups to further explore topics it touched upon at its late October meeting in Boulder, CO. During that meeting, the CDAC explored NOAA’s efforts to unlock environmental data as well as department-wide efforts to improve our data privacy and cybersecurity operations.

Department of Commerce Honored for Data & Technology Innovation

FedScoop 50 AwardsFedScoop, a Washington DC-based government IT media company, recently honored three Department of Commerce innovators under its annual "FedScoop 50" awards.  Commerce's CIO, Steve Cooper, won the "GoldenGov Federal Executive of the Year".   The Department's new prioritization on Data was also a winner in two ways.  First, the newly hired Deputy Chief Data Officer, Tyrone Grandison, won "Most Inspiring Up & Comer".  Second, one of the data products the Department invented – a civic information integrator called "CitySDK" – won "Innovation of the Year".

From Education to Housing Costs, the American Community Survey Provides 10 Years of Local Statistics for Every Community Nationwide

The American Community Survey helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities.For 10 years, the American Community Survey has provided U.S. communities with detailed information critical for making informed decisions about their people, places and economy. Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest American Community Survey five-year statistics, allowing users for the first time to compare two nonoverlapping five-year data sets: 2005-2009 and 2010-2014.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics for Thanksgiving Day

Preparing for Turkey Day: Number of Establishments to Purchase Thanksgiving Meal ItemsIn the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation's first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

Commerce Data Service: Using Weather Data to Protect Lives and Property

Editor's Note: The newly launched Commerce Data Service works with the 12 bureaus that make up the Commerce Department to identify opportunities to maximize their data to better serve the public. Among the Service's priorities is developing data visualizations that simply and effectively explain complex data sets. This will be the first in a series of blogs from the Commerce Data Service showcasing their work. Check out commerce.gov/dataservice

Tornados, hail and other severe weather events cause billions of dollars of damage each year. The chance these events will occur and the severity of impact varies dramatically across the country. The impact of hail can range from having no discernible impact to causing millions of dollars of damage in a community.

Finding the Intersection of Business and Data

Chief Data Officer Ian Kalin hosts briefings arranged by Business Forward, an organization dedicated to improving collaborations between the business community and the government.One of the most important things government leaders can do is to take a short trip outside the headquarters building to see how customers are using your products.  This is especially important for the open data economy, where public information products are one of the few popular online services that don't require a log-in.  That means that it is often difficult, but not impossible, to know exactly how open government data is fueling businesses growth.

Commerce Selects First Ever Chief Data Scientist

Photo of Jeff ChenWith the launch of the Commerce Data Service (CDS), the U.S. Department of Commerce is taking big steps toward building a data-driven government. Today, we are excited to announce another major milestone in this effort – the Commerce Department hires its first-ever Chief Data Scientist, Jeffrey Chen.

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