This announcement is being distributed to a number of listservs. Please forgive duplication through cross-postings. ========================================================== 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 (http://www.apdu.org). 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!