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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.

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.

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."

The American Community Survey: Best Quality Data with the Least Public Burden

Dr. Doms (right) and Census Director John Thompson at ACS Data Users Conference"Better Data for Better Decisions" is my mantra as I crisscross the country talking to people about making the data we collect easier to find, understand and use.

A Big Day for Big Data: The Beginning of Our Data Transformation

OpenData 500Wednesday, June 18, 2014, was a big day for big data.  The Commerce Department participated in the inaugural Open Data Roundtable at the White House, with GovLab at NYU and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Assess Costs Everywhere – Now Even Better!

ACE LogoWhere to locate your business or a new facility for your business is a complicated decision. Many variables are involved, and if you are considering a location outside of the U.S., there are many factors that may not be obvious. At Commerce, we have been focused on making this decision and all of its moving parts easier to digest, and a major part of that is Commerce's ACE Tool.

Coming Soon: New Statistics Will Provide More Timely Snapshot of How Industries are Performing

Coming Soon: Real Personal Income Statistics for States and Metropolitan Areas

The Bureau of Economic Analysis will soon release real personal income statistics using regional price indexes to adjust BEA’s personal income data for differences in the cost of living across states and metro areas. These new statistics will inform decisions by businesses and households alike – from deciding where to move for a new job or locating a new company to helping economic development offices shape regional marketing plans and comparing economic performances across regions.

Recent U.S. Export Trends and Foreign Economic Growth

U.S. exports have continued to grow and reach record levels in each of the last few years.  Moreover, forecasters such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predict that the world economy will strengthen in the next couple of years, which should further boost U.S. exports.  Today’s blog examines the potential impact of the economies of our trading partners on U.S. exports.

Big Data is Big Business for Commerce

Big Data and Open Data are all the rage these days. However, Commerce was into Big Data before Big Data was cool. As far back as 1790, we began collecting data on patents in the U.S. and the Census Bureau conducted the first Decennial Census the same year. In 1870, the National Weather Service was created – which today is one of the biggest data producing agencies around.

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