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APDU'98 Annual Meeting

APDU'98: 23rd Annual Conference of the Association of Public Data
Users, will be held October 25-28, 1998.  The location is the Holiday Inn
Hotel & Suites, Historic District Alexandria, 625 First Street, Alexandria,
VA  22314.  This year's theme is "Looking into the Crystal Ball: What is
the Future of Public Data?"

A preliminary program, accommodations, and registration information is
available via the APDU homepage (  Note that the
cutoff for hotel reservations at the conference rate is Friday September
25 and the cutoff for receiving a reduced conference registration fee is
Tuesday October 6.  Individuals who normally receive a printed
conference brochure should receive those materials this week.

APDU was founded in 1976 to serve the users, producers and
disseminators of government statistical data by assisting users in the
identification and application of public data; establishing communication
linkages between data producers and users; and bringing the
perspectives and concerns of public data users to bear on issues of
government information and statistical policy. APDU consists of
representatives from many academic, governmental, commercial and
private sectors.

Some APDU'98 conference highlights include keynote speaker Katherine
Wallman, Chief, Statistical Policy Office of OMB; Monday luncheon
speaker Larry Brandt, Director of the Digital Government Initiative at NSF;
Tom Hofeller, Staff Director, Subcommittee on the Census; Two Insiders'
Views from the Outside: Reports from Former Census Bureau Directors,
Barbara Everitt Bryant and Martha Farnsworth Riche; and presentations
on the future of data preservation, the National Spatial Data
Infrastructure, plans for Census 2000, the 1997 Economic Census and
NAICS, and the impact of welfare reform legislation on states.  A new
feature at APDU'98 are intensive hands-on roundtable sessions on the
American Community Survey, combining socio-demographic data with
GIS applications, PDQ-Explore, and Delivering Data on the Web: Planning,
Execution, and Evaluation.

This year's conference co-chairs are Lisa Neidert of the University of
Michigan ([log in to unmask]) and Ted Hull of the National Archives and
Records Administration ([log in to unmask]).  We look
forward to seeing you at APDU'98!