The Census Bureau's State Data Center Program celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2008. The Business and Industry Data Center component of the program began in 1988 to enhance use of economic data from the Bureau. A network of more than 1700 agencies nationwide, the Data Center Program has provided access and education on Census Bureau products as well as other statistical resources to millions of data users for more than 30 years. Administered at the state level, each state has a network of affiliates that serve their constituents, be they government, business, not-for-profits, educators, or anyone in need of economic and demographic data. This web site is here to serve that network, providing resources and information to assist all of us in our work with the Census Bureau. The Network section helps us to link to our partners nationwide. The Steering Committee is the means by which all of us can share our concerns and needs.
The Missouri Census Data Center (MCDC) Program operates under a memorandum of understanding between the Office of the Secretary of State and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The Missouri State Library in the Office of the Secretary of State is the lead agency responsible for the program.
MCDC holdings consist of public machine readable data archive and numerous reports and dynamic web applications. A state-wide network of lead, coordinating and affiliate agencies provides users with assistance in accessing the MCDC holdings and answering questions regarding their use and interpretation.
Terry Blauvelt, Statistical Research Analyst at the Missouri State Library, represents the lead agency at the Missouri State Library; he works in conjunction with the following group of coordinating agency partners:
In addition to the lead and coordinating agencies, the Census Bureau allows a maximum of 30 local affiliates in the MCDC Program to receive free Census Bureau products in exchange for outreach, training, and consulting services to data users in their respective geographic or service areas.
The Census Bureau also allows a maximum of 30 local affiliates in the state to be a part of its Business and Industry Development Center (BIDC) Program.
Rounding out the MCDC Program are many associate agencies, comprised of federal depository libraries, state agencies, not-for profit agencies, and other organizations that use and disseminate data.
The best way to be kept informed regarding what's new at the MCDC is to subscribe to the Missouri Census Data Center listserv. This is where we post announcements concerning new data, changes to our web site, important breaking news items related to census data, announcements regarding workshops, online training, conferences, upcoming data releases, etc. The listserv can also serve as a forum where you can provide us with feedback or ask questions. It can also be used to share your experiences and/or ask questions of other users with similar interests. To subscribe to the listserv send an email message to listserv@SOSlistserv.sos.mo.gov. In the body of the message type
subscribe MCDC-L [your_firstname your_lastname]. Shortly after sending this message, you should receive a confirmation that you are subscribed to the MCDC listserv along with instructions on how to post your messages to the list and/or change your subscriber status. Note that you do not have to be affiliated with the Missouri Census Data Center or even be a resident of Missouri in order to subscribe to the list.