Government Technology: U.S. Census Bureau Rolls Out Innovation Tools for 2020 Count. “With next year’s first-ever heavily digital U.S. Census fast approaching, the Census Bureau has now rolled out a series of new projects, tools and collaborative programs aimed at helping to ensure an accurate count of residents. The Census Bureau held a Demo Day for these new initiatives Dec. 10 at its headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. The assets unveiled there were wide-ranging, and, perhaps most importantly for communities, many of them were designed to bolster work already being done to support the Census by stakeholders at the local level.”
US News & World Report: Rhode Island Launches Online Tool to Compare Census Records. “Rhode Island’s secretary of state has announced the launch of a free online resource to explore and compare centuries of data from state and federal census records in Rhode Island.”
Poynter: A graphic guide to the 2020 U.S. census. “Carmen Nobel, program director of Journalist’s Resource, inspired us to share this graphic presentation of the upcoming census. She writes, ‘Nonfiction cartoonist Josh Neufeld guides us through several issues to watch for as the 2020 census gets underway — including the risk of undercounts, the potential ramifications of an inaccurate count, the threat of misinformation and disinformation campaigns, and important dates on the census calendar.'” The graphic is available with a CC license and its PDF prints nicely on seven sheets of paper.
Prison History: How to use the Census for Prisons Research. “Like for households, those who resided in state institutions, including prisons, had to be described and enumerated in the official census returns. In 1841, the process was handled by the local enumerators, and not all public institutions were included. In 1851, arrangements were made in advance for such institutions to send returns directly to the Census Office and, in consequence, coverage was much more comprehensive. The idea of a list of everyone resident in a prison – staff and prisoners alike – sounds like a gold mine for family historians and prison researchers alike. In many respects it is, as I will explain. First, though, it is important to point out that the census has one major limitation: it captured the population on a single night and only once every ten years.” This is for the UK.
State Library of Ohio: Census Resources For Libraries Launch. “The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the creation of the Census Resources for Libraries web page…. As community hubs with internet access, libraries will play a critical role in ensuring all Ohioans are counted. Libraries are essential to every community, campus, student, and patron that come through its doors or connects online.” There are state-specific resources on the page, but there are also countrywide and general information resources as well.
Wall Street Journal: Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data. “The Census Bureau is overhauling its systems after it found anyone with sophisticated data tools could use published results to identify millions of individual census respondents, according to agency officials. The new system would prevent anyone—whether policy makers, marketers or data thieves—from using published data to target people based on what they disclose on the census.”
GAO: Digging Deep on the 2020 Census with GAO’s New Podcast Series. “Today we’re introducing a new breed of GAO podcast — Watchdog Report: Deep Dig. While our traditional podcast tends to zero in on the bottom line of one of our new reports, Deep Dig will explore broader issues we examine, and bring you stories from the people behind our reports. The first episode of Deep Dig is on the 2020 Census — one of our High Risk areas.”