Love Data Week 2020, Feb. 10-14

Love Data Week: The 2020 U.S. Census

Every 10 years, the decennial census allows the U.S. to fully count its population.  This year, during the national research data initiative Love Data Week, the Division of Libraries will focus its programming on the U.S. Census.  Census data not only determines political representation and federal funding allocations, it also plays and important role in supporting social science research.  The Data Services team has put together a series of speakers and tutorials to bring awareness to the national initiative and examine the many ways the data can be used in scholarship and research.  Many of our most popular tutorials will also be offered to mark Love Data Week.


Monday, February 10, 2:00-3:15
“Exploring the Census: Custom Data Extractions”

Frank Donnelly, Geospatial Data Librarian, Baruch College CUNY, Author of Exploring the U.S. census : your guide to America’s data (2019)

After an introduction to the various Census data sources, Frank will demontrate methods for creating custom census data extracts with Python. Participants are welcome to bring a laptop and follow along with the demontration.


Tuesday, February 11, 1:00-2:00
“Counting New York: NYC Census 2020”

Julie Menin, Director, NYC Census 2020

As the Director of NYC Census 2020, Julie Menin organizes extensive outreach efforts to encourage every New York City resident to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census. An accurate census count will ensure that New York receives its fair share of education, healthcare, housing and infrastructure funding and its proper electoral representation in Congress and the electoral college. 


Wednesday, February 12, 1:00-2:00
“The Economic Census”

Lucia S. Foster, Chief, Center for Economic Studies, Economic Indicators Division (EID), US Census Bureau

Every five years, the U.S. Census Bureau collects extensive statistics about businesses that are essential to understanding the American economy. This official count, the Economic Census, serves as the foundation for the measurement of U.S. businesses and their economic impact. Statistics from the economic census are inputs to key measures of the US economy such as the gross domestic product (GDP), product accounts (NIPAs) and the Producer Price Index (PPI).  These resources offer researchers deep and broad insights into the US Economy both today and in the past.



Social Explorer

Social Explorer offers mapping historical and current U.S. Census Data. 


An interactive portal for accessing and downloading all Census Bureau datasets.



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