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Commerce Brings Stakeholders Together to Improve Digital Economy Metrics

Improving Digital Economy Metrics Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) convened a roundtable to discuss what data is needed to better measure the economic importance of the cross-border information flows that connect people and businesses across the globe. Representatives from the government, private sector, academia, and public interest community spent the morning going through existing resources, identifying gaps, and evaluating what the Commerce Department could be doing to improve its digital economy metrics.

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.

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