That makes perfect sense. The state data center folks are the best local
government people to start making sense of any census data!
I'm pretty sure we were an affiliate data center, but I've been retired for
so long, I can't recall. An any case, the data won't be that "stale"
just two days!!
On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 8:16 AM, Graham, Todd <todd.graham(a)metc.state.mn.us>
Re: *why do journalists get early access to embargoed data, and not
accredited local government planners?*
The answer, from Census’s Public Info Office, is that 100s of state or
regional governments do have the access. Embargoed data access is possible
for trustworthy organizations that have a need AND a program/ business
relationship with the Census Bureau.
Specifically: State or regional governments, etc, can get embargoed data
access if they are coordinating or affiliate members of the Census State
Data Centers (SDC) network. This comes with some obligations, sure. But
if you’re already working as a socioec/ census data analyst in your
organization, there’s a lot of upside.
Anyone interested in this can call/ write to you SDC state lead. Look up
your state here: https://www.census.gov/about/partners/sdc/member-network
The state lead is the name at the top of your state’s list.
- Principal Forecaster, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN
- Chairman, Census State Data Centers Steering Committee
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P. 651.602.1322 <(651)%20602-1322> | F. 651.602.1674 <(651)%20602-1674>
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*From:* ctpp-news [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] *On Behalf Of *Charles
*Sent:* Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:21 PM
*Subject:* [CTPP] New ACS Data on September 14, 2017
The US Census Bureau will release the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS)
data this coming Thursday, September 14, 2017. This will include tables for
the 1-year (2016) estimates.
The 5-year (2012-2016) data will be released on December 7, 2017.
Accredited journalists will get a jump on the data analysis: the data is
available, but “embargoed” (can’t be released) on September 12th, and the
“embargo is lifted” on September 14th. Watch for census-related stories in
the media this Thursday and Friday!
Here is a link to a Census Bureau memorandum discussing the newly (9/7/17)
release of ACS documentation. This is helpful. You can analyze the
documentation before the data is made available.
I used to be jealous: why do journalists get “early access” to embargoed
data, and not accredited local government planners? Now, I figure that
there is plenty of work for both journalists and local analysts, so it’s
not too big a deal these days.
Here is a link to the full, 2016 ACS Data Release Schedule:
Another Census Bureau page of interest is the September 7, 2017 “webinar”
discussing the 1-year 2016 ACS data release:
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