NADDI conference to open with distinguished panel of U.S. Census experts

The organizing committee of the North American Data Documentation Initiative (NADDI) conference is pleased to announce a distinguished panel of guests who will open the NADDI 2018 conference on April 5th with a plenary panel on the importance of open standards in federal statistics and research. Margaret Levenstein, Director of the Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, will moderate the panel. The distinguished panelists include:

  • John M. Abowd, Associate Director for Research and Methodology & Chief Scientist, U.S. Census Bureau; Edmund Ezra Day Professor of Economics, Cornell University
  • Robert M. Groves, Executive Vice President and Provost, Georgetown University; Director, U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2012
  • John H. Thompson, Executive Director, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS); Director, U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017; CEO, NORC at the University of Chicago, 2008-2013

All three panelists hold current and past positions at the U.S. Census Bureau, in addition to notable careers in the survey research, demographics, and statistical methodology fields. The NADDI 2018 conference is being hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and will include three days of presentations, training, and networking about the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and the importance of documenting social science data and metadata using technical standards. DDI ( is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences.

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