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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.

Open Data Impact: How Zillow Uses Open Data to Level the Playing Field for Consumers

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of guest blogs examining how Commerce data is helping drive innovation across the U.S. This series will include stories from members of the Commerce Data Advisory Council, who are helping to develop new recommendations to further the Department’s open-data mission and develop a data-driven government.

In the mid-2000s, several online data firms began to integrate real estate data with national maps to make the data more accessible for consumers. Of these firms, Zillow was the most effective at attracting users by rapidly growing its database, thanks in large part to open data.

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.

Data Enabling a New Kind of Journalism

Statistics in journalism have been around for a long time -- most often associated with sports and financial stories. However, with new tools to help visualize complex statistics, data today is powering new and better ways to tell compelling stories.

A Timely Portrait of America's Business Owners from the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

I'm pleased to announce the beginning of data collection for the inaugural Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. This new survey will be a supplement to the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Business Owners, which is conducted every five years as part of the Economic Census.

U.S. Census Bureau Data Shows Gulf Coast's Recovery from Hurricane Katrina

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast, forever altering the lives of many of its residents. As we pause to reflect on the impact of the storm, we can see a story of recovery told through Census Bureau statistics on population, housing and businesses.

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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