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The U.S. Census Bureau today released new features for American FactFinder, an online data tool that allows users to access a variety of Census Bureau statistics, including decennial, American Community Survey and economic census statistics. The new features include a simplified main page design, the option for a guided search and an enhanced community facts tool, providing options for both novice and advanced data users.
Guided Search walks users through each step of the inquiry, from selecting a topic, such as "people" or "business and industry," to selecting a geography. It also provides step-by-step options to search for information on specific race or ethnic groups, or industry codes. New enhancements to the Community Facts feature give users easy access to popular statistics about a state, city, town or ZIP code, such as total population, median income and educational attainment.
Visit American FactFinder to use these new features. An online virtual tour is also available. A few browser issues have been reported. Click here for help if you have issues.
Join ICPSR for a webinar series titled, “Life of a Dataset.” This 3-part series will describe ICPSR’s data management approach starting with the identification and deposit of data, to processing and cleaning, and finally to building metadata and tools to ready the data for discovery and dissemination.Whether you are collecting data, planning on sharing (depositing) data to meet funding agency requirements, or interested in repository and archive management, you will find lots of informative content and guidance. Q&A will be available during each session.Interested in all three sessions? Please note you must register for each session individually.
Life of a Dataset Part I: The Deposit - Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 1 pm ESTRegister here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/
register/962668858This stage in a dataset’s life will discuss and describe the opening steps it takes on the path to dissemination through the Web site at www.icpsr.umich.edu. We’ll cover the method of identifying data for acquisition, depositing of study materials (ingest), and the technical support that the Acquisitions unit provides to researchers. Tools for the researcher will be reviewed and the tools that are used by this unit will also be shown.Life of a Dataset Part II: The Process of Processing - Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 1 pm ESTRegister here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/ register/776530618This stage in a dataset’s life will describe the process of how the data are reviewed, cleaned, archived, and prepared for dissemination. The working relationship between the processor and the processing supervisor to ensure the confidentiality of respondents will be examined. The tools used by the processor to insure data security and accuracy in processing will be discussed.Life of a Dataset Part III: Discovery & Dissemination - Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 1 pm ESTRegister here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/ register/804318458This stage in a dataset’s life will relate how the study’s description is built and the metadata are enriched to aid discovery. We’ll consider how the codebook and other materials are created, and what final steps are taken to preserve the digital data in advance of their release. Finally, we will talk about how the study is released, announced, and disseminated through the ICPSR Web site.Registration information regarding this webinar series is also summarized on ICPSR's Announcements page: http://www.icpsr.umich. edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/support/ announcements/2012/12/webinar- series-coming-up-life-of- dataset