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January 2008

Should Americans Be Able to Complete the Census Online?

Using examples from Canada, Norway, and Australia, this report recommends that the U.S Census Bureau provide an online data collection option for all major household surveys that allow a paper response including the Census and promote the Internet survey response option as a secure, low-cost, and time-saving option.
Given the increasingly digita

Two new developments announced at the beginning of 2008 on which to keep an eye

First, on January 18th, an announcement was made on blog.wired.com that Google will be hosting terabytes of science data.
Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain, http://research.google.com , will soon provide a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets. The storage will be free to scientists and access to the data will be free for all.

"Data files should contain data."

For those tech-types who do their own data munging, here's a rant from Mark Dominus, a Perl programming wizard who was briefly stymied by trying to process a large data file from Census. As we face these issues daily in my office, I thought I'd share the frustration!

Of course, he doesn't mention where he thinks metadata "should" go but I have a pretty good idea what he would suggest.... ;-)

Connecting the Real to the Representational: Historical Demographic Data in the Town of Pullman, 1880-1940

by Andrew H. Bullen

The Pullman House History Project is a part of the Pullman State Historic Site’s virtual museum and web site (http://www.pullman-museum.org/) which links together census, city directory, and telephone directory information to describe the people who lived in the town of Pullman, Illinois between 1881 and 1940. This demographic data is linked through a database/XML record system to online maps and Perl programs that allow the data to be represented in various useful combinations.
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