Category Archives: Online Headlines

Long term impacts caused by changes to the Canadian Census

In June 2010, the Canadian Parliament decided to eliminate the required long form census questionnaire, and instead switch to an optional survey. Al Jazerra America has published an article entitled “What happened when Canada stopped counting its numbers,” by Leyland … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: Social Scientists Hit Back at NSF Grant Rules

From Scientific American, 12 November 2013: It is not unusual for conservative politicians in the United States to question the value of social-science research. Studies of anything from global social networks to the history of conservation in South America have … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: Microbiome Meets Big Social Science

From the UW-Madison News: A September workshop sponsored by the Center for the Demography and Health and Aging and the Center for Demography and Ecology, sought to bring UW-Madison biologists and social scientists together to explore the microbial dimensions of human health. “Until … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: Without Key Jobs Data, Markets And Economists Left Guessing

Though the Bureau of Labor Statistics website remains online on Day 4 of the U.S. federal government partial shutdown, the last update to the site was made on September 30.  The Department of Labor announced on Thursday that the monthly … Continue reading

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U.S. Federal Data Websites and the Shutdown

Beginning October 1, 2013, the U.S. government entered a partial shutdown.  Major federal data web sites have been affected to varying degrees. As of October 8 (updated): Census Bureau — OFFLINE.  “Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: Government Surveys – How Statisticians Protect Your Identity

A down-to-earth defense of public survey-research and explanation of respondent privacy, by David Morganstein, Tom Krenzke, and Sylvia Dohrmann of Westat: Government surveys get a bad rap. Detractors cry that the surveys “pry into our daily lives.” The Founding Fathers, however, … Continue reading

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Pew Research: Lessons from the German Census

D’Vera Cohn of the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project writes about the 2011 German census, how the results exposed pitfalls in German administrative record-keeping, and how that weakness is relevant for U.S. Census efforts. When the results … Continue reading

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Open Data: New Federal Policy and Presidential Executive Order

On May 9th, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on open data, making “open and machine readable” the new default for government information.  The order is supported by a memorandum on Open Data Policy from the Office of Management and … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: There May Be Millions More Poor People in the US Than You Think

Erin McClam of NBC News reports on the poverty line measure, quoting Dr. Robert Haveman of the UW-Madison. It is responsible for an estimated half-trillion dollars in federal spending every year, is hated by nearly everyone who studies it and … Continue reading

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Online Headlines: from Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match

Journalist and digital-strategy consultant Amy Webb has written an account of personal data collection and analysis in a forthcoming book called Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match.  After some disappointing online-dating experiences, Webb … Continue reading

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