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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.

Announcing the Commerce Data Service

Launching the Commerce Data Service.The Department of Commerce provides valuable services and data products that fuel the modern technology services Americans rely on every day.  These data sets include information on technological innovation from the Patent and Trademark Office, demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, export data from the International Trade Administration, and information on natural phenomena from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  This is why we call the Department of Commerce "America's Data Agency." 

Doing More with Data

Leaders from the nation's technology and data industries came together on Oct. 29-30 for the third meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) in Boulder, ColoradoLeaders from the nation's technology and data industries came together on Oct. 29-30 for the third meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) in Boulder, Colorado.  This meeting focused on three main themes: 1) organizing and disseminating troves of environmental data; 2) developing the expertise within government to maximize the value of all the data collected by federal agencies; and 3) ensuring our data and other cyber assets are protected from external threats.

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

Cross blog post by Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, DOC and Co-Chair of the Commerce Data Advisory Council

Members of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC)

As "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.

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