Data: What Do YOU Need in our Collection?

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Paul Scipione talks about his mentor and friend Dr. George Gallup, well know for developing the Gallup opinion poll.

The library held a successful Celebration of Data event last Wednesday (April 24, 2013) where Professor Emeritus Paul Scipione gave a lecture on the value of census data.

“Looking at census information, you are able to see not just statistics, but that there are stories in there…”.  The data provides “the very story of the United States,” giving us a historical picture of when Americans became affluent enough to afford a family car, televisions, college degrees or their own homes.  Scipione tells us how businesses saw the value of census information for market research and how technological advances impacted what and how much information could be collected and offered by the Census Bureau.  For more, watch the lecture online.

The event was part of the 2013 International Year of Statistics, an initiative of over 1900 participating organizations from all over the world who are holding events to celebrate data and promote the importance of statistics.

But we don’t want the conversations to end there!

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Tell us, what are your data needs?

It is most fitting that during this year of statistics, Milne is developing a census and data collection for Geneseo.  The purpose of the collection is to provide student, staff and faculty researchers easy access to data; and to provide area entrepreneurs and small businesses access to economic and demographic data for market research.

This collection will be most useful if folks like you have a hand in its development.  Let us know what resources you need in this collection.

Count yourself in. It’s important!

Do you know that it’s very important that you be counted here at SUNY Geneseo? It’s true! Even if you’ve been included in the census at home with your parents, it’s extremely important that you ALSO fill out the census forms here at school.

Why is it so important to participate in the census? Because Geneseo students reside in Geneseo, Livingston County, NY the majority of the year, like all other residents of Geneseo they utilize Livingston County resources. Accurate census data allow local, state, and federal government agencies to plan budgets and make allocations to serve everyone who lives in a particular area. Residence Life has a whole page explaining the details here and there’s a Facebook page for you to get all the latest updates!

If you’re looking for more information, the “Census Bureau Supplies Numbers America Needs” video explains how communities benefit from Census Bureau data collection efforts. Testimonials describe the importance of a complete count and why the 2010 Census will be the most important count in our nation’s history. So make sure you stand up and get counted!