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The U.S. Census Bureau’s Linkage Infrastructure: Overview and New Challenges

Presented by: 
Amy O'Hara U.S. Census Bureau
Date: 
Monday 12th September 2016 - 14:30 to 15:30
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
The U.S. Census Bureau makes extensive use of administrative records and other third-party data to produce statistics on our population and economy.  We use these data to evaluate survey quality, to produce new statistics about the population and economy, and to support evaluation of federal and state programs. Our success hinges on our ability to link external data with data already held at Census, usually at the individual person or housing unit level. We carry out this linkage using a standardized set of practices that has been in place since the early 2000s. This presentation focuses on the lifecycle of the production data linkage carried out at the U.S. Census Bureau, including authorities to obtain identified data, the types of data acquired, ingest and initial processing, linkage practices, evaluations of linkage quality, and the documentation, governance, and uses of linked data files. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of new demands on Census’s linked data infrastructure, and the need to modernize and further streamline governance and processes.
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