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Brad Burke and Jeff Chen: Driving the Commerce Data Mission Forward

“Any transition is easier,” Piryanka Chopra says, “if you believe in yourself and your talent.” 

Who is Ms. Chopra?  She’s a young woman whose life has been in constant transition, from being shuttled all over India as a child to becoming a best-known and award-winning Bollywood star and now the first South Asian to headline an American network thriller (Quantico).  Not to mention one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights.

“Omne Vivum Ex Vivo” for Data-Driven Health

Louis Pasteur’s law of biogenesis (reflected in the above Latin phrase meaning “all life from life”) might well capture how we see our mission at Commerce to democratize and harness public data to drive innovation and help solve big public problems.

To explain, we see in countless ways every day—from patent search that begets new patents, to trade data used to fuel exports—how mining and combining open public data, and combining public data with private data sets, multiplies its value and impact. Just as Pasteur’s microorganisms multiplying in an open flask led to life-saving vaccinations and drugs.

Innovations in Training at Commerce

Leonardo DaVinci.  Paul Revere.  Ben Franklin.  Vincent Van Gogh.  Elvis Presley.  David Beede.  April Blair. William Hawk. Andrea Julca.  Karlheinz Skowronek. Patricia Tomczyszyn.

Which names don’t seem to belong with the others?  Trick question.  While DaVinci and other names obviously are famous, the backgrounds of all of these women and men have something major in common: They trained as apprentices.

Kaggle’s Data Science Community to Solve Public Problems with Commerce Open Data

Quick quiz:

  • Which state has the highest percentage of working moms?
  • Who’s more employed—people with bachelor’s degrees or doctorates?
  • Who earns more income—people who get to work at 7 am, 8 am or 7 pm?

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on the International Trade in October 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker issued the following statement today on the release of the October 2014 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services data. U.S. exports of goods and services increased to $197.5 billion in October from $195.2 billion in September. Record monthly levels were reached in exports of non-petroleum goods, including a record in capital goods, as well as in charges for the use of intellectual property. The goods and services deficit decreased by $0.2 billion to $43.4 billion in October.

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