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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.

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.

Innovation @ BEA: Exploring New Data Projects

Man pressing airplane icon.BEA is working on a variety of projects this year to bring new economic statistics your way. The goal is to give business people, policymakers and households additional tools to make informed decisions and deepen their understanding of the U.S. economy. At this point, it's too early for us to say exactly when these new statistics will be introduced, but here's a look at what we're planning.

Weather Data, Cybersecurity and Workforce Skills Focus of Upcoming Data Advisory Council

CDAC Group Member PhotoAs "America's Data Agency", the U.S. Department of Commerce delivers the most valuable open government data to businesses than any other federal government organization. We strive to continually improve the dissemination and use of this data. Through the Commerce Data Advisory Council, the department has an opportunity to engage directly with industry leaders to get recommendation on how to improve our operations and refine our vision.

Council Advises Continued Data Improvements

Council Advises Continued Data ImprovementsOn July 30th, the Commerce Data Advisory Council  convened its second meeting to review and provide guidance on the Department of Commerce's data.  This one-of-a-kind gathering of digital technology executives was eager to dive directly into the work of the Department and provided dozens of excellent recommendations.  A great deal of the feedback can be summarized as "Thumbs up.  Continue the good work."  Though there were some very specific suggestions for improvement areas.  But as with any insightful discussion on how a business is using its information to help its customers, the conversations about improving data led to provocative and fundamental questions about the processes, tools, and skills required to deliver on the Department's strategic data objectives.

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