Reverse Pitch - The US Census Bureau Sells Its Data To YOU!

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Reverse Pitch?

The pitch event, a la Shark Tank, has become a common pattern for entrepreneur-focused events. But, as everyone knows, DIDC likes to do things a little bit differently. This time, we are turning the tables and having a massive data provider show off the various and amazing data sets that they want you, the audience to create value from! Think Lending Tree with the US Census Bureau as the banks and DIDC members as the new home owners.

Below are the individuals who will be presenting from Census. Bring your questions and your ideas!

Michael Ratcliffe is Assistant Division Chief for Geocartographic Products and Criteria, Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau. He is responsible for programs related to the development of geographic area concepts and criteria, cartographic products, TIGER/Line shapefiles, and other geographic information products. In his tenure at the Census Bureau he has worked in both the Geography and Population Divisions, with a general focus on geographic area concepts and criteria, and specific interest in different perceptions and definitions of “place,” urban/rural concepts and criteria, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas. Mr. Ratcliffe holds degrees in geography from the University of Maryland and the University of Oxford.

Tim Gilbert is a Survey Statistician in the American Community Survey Office at the U.S. Census Bureau. His work focuses primarily on interacting with and educating American Community Survey (ACS) data users about the availability and accessibility of ACS data products, as well as working to educate data users about considerations in using ACS estimates. Tim came to the American Community Survey Office in October of 2012, but has been working at the Census Bureau since September of 2004. He has previously worked on adapting new technologies and new approaches to collecting data for Census surveys.

Logan Powell is Public Affairs Specialist in the Center for New Media and Promotions at the Census Bureau and is part of the core team involved in the digital transformation of the Bureau's products. He is currently working on ways to package Census data for direct consumption and sharing by the public through channels including social media, mobile devices and APIs. Logan is involved in developer engagement and incorporating customer feedback from many channels into the product development process. This focus on evidence-based decision making is highly influenced by his time as an entrepreneur being previously funded to participate in two incubators after recieving his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Logan has won awards for his ideas and is a big advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration. He aims to foster greater and more engagement between the government and it's citizenry, hopefully advancing the promise of 'government as a platform' through support of the Digital Government Strategy.

William (Bill) Rankin is the Chief Architect of the DataWeb, located in the DataWeb and Applications Staff, Research and Methodology Directorate, U S Census Bureau. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the DataWeb, which is a platform for providing access to many different datasets through a federated system and disseminating them to users. This platform contains multiple products and services, including the Census Data API, used to provide access to the Census Bureau public use datasets. During his thirty years at the Census Bureau, Mr. Rankin has worked across different divisions within the Economic, Demographic, and Research and Methodology directorates, with a focus on the creation of generalized computer software systems.

Eric Newburger is the Assistant to the Associate Director of Communications and one of the leads of the Census Bureau's effort to use the power of data visualization to open its data sets to a broader public. He has worked 15 years as a statistician with the Census Bureau, publishing on subjects from computer and Internet use to voting to educational attainment. His undergraduate work was in demography and sociology, his masters in economics and econometric methods. He earned his charter captain’s license helping people sail their boats between ports on the Western Atlantic, mostly from the East coast to the Caribbean. Today Eric lives on land with his lovely wife and two daughters.