The North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI) is an opportunity for those using metadata standards and those interested in learning more to come together and learn from each other. Modeled on the successful European DDI User Conference, NADDI 2015 will be a three day conference (April 8-10) with invited and contributed presentations, and should be of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines.
Cornell’s Bill Block is on the Program Committee.
Bridging The Data Divide: Data In The International Context
The theme of our 2015 conference is Bridging the Data Divide: Data in the International Context. Going hand in hand with the well-known digital divide is a growing inequity in access to data. Increasing budget concerns have placed strains on governments, universities, and other institutions in the provision of data services. From the cancellation of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, to the controversy over the Canadian Census long form, to political barriers in the data collection process in some countries, access to data and the data divide presents organizational, economic and educational challenges to the community of data professionals worldwide.
“Usage and outcomes of the Synthetic Data Server,” Lars Vilhuber (NCRN, Cornell University) and John Abowd (NCRN, Cornell University)
The Synthetic Data Server (SDS) at Cornell University was set up to provide early access to new synthetic data products by the U.S. Census Bureau. These datasets are made available to interested researchers in a controlled environment, prior to a more generalized release. Over the past 5 years, 4 synthetic datasets were made available on the server, and over 100 users have accessed the server over that time period. This paper reports on interim outcomes of the activity: results of validation requests from a user perspective, functioning of the feedback loop due to validation and user input, and the role of the SDS as a access gateway to and educational tool for other mechanisms of accessing detailed person, household, establishment, and firm statistics.
Lars Vilhuber speaks about “Disclosure Limitation and Confidentiality Protection in Linked Data” at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations‘s conference on “Facilitate the access to Quebec data: How and to what ends?” The conference is jointly organized with the Quebec inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS). The presentation relies on joint work with John M. Abowd and Ian M. Schmutte.