Innovative Data Sources Conference Information

For the next few days my website is dedicated to the Innovative Data Sources of Regional Economic Analysis Workshop at George Washington University’s Marvin Center.   We’d like to post some of the conference details here for easy access.

In the interest of saving resources, instead of printing materials we ask that you refer to this webpage for conference related information.   A small group of dedicated UNC and GW graduate students and project staff are around to help.  This is a pioneering effort and we appreciate your good humor.  Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Your main source of information is an e-book, Innovative Data Sources of Regional Economic Analysis.  Please bring your devices. There are hyperlinks in the document that will make it easy to jump between sections and to external websites.

The two days are divided into 4 sessions.  Here is the schedule.  We have ordered plenty of food to keep the conversations flowing.

When you registered, you were asked to identify your priority topics of interest.  We have been able to assign everyone to their choices.

For your own individual schedule over the 2 days you can use this list of group assignments by participant.

If you’d like to see who is in your break-out group, here is the complete list of participants by session and day.

  • Here are the breakout sessions for Monday morning.
  • Here are the breakout sessions for Monday afternoon.
  • Here are the breakout sessions for Tuesday morning.
  • Tuesday afternoon will be an open session for participants to visit exhibits again or see exhibits that were not on their breakout assignments.
A list of all of the groups, by category and day and meeting place can be found here.   Please make note of your groups and meeting locations.

One the top of the banner on this webpage you will find specific information about each of the 10 categories of data presenters. Please blog your reactions to the exhibits there.

Specifically  1) what are the limitations of the data that are now available to you  2) what you might be able to accomplish with the data sources and tools that you examine here  3) what is your audacious wish list of data that might allow you to better do your job.

We are also using twitter – Follow us on twitter @innov8econ and follow the discussion with #innov8econ

We have more than 50 innovative data exhibitors, who will provide information about their data sources and tools.  Here is list of the exhibitors with contact information.

It’s a great deal to keep track of so here is the map of the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom map with exhibitors.   We are using a matrix format with 3 isles, A – C running the width of the room and 17 tables per isle, with 1 starting at the window furthest from the exits.

There are 260 participants attending.  Here is the participants contact information.   We decided, in the spirit of being digital, to only list email addresses and organizations.


If you have visited an exhibitor, please fill out a brief survey here.

There is also an evaluation survey for the conference as a whole here.


Below are some pictures of what is happening in the first session:


Lunch & Session 2:



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  1. Eric Stokan
    Posted May 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    This conference is very interesting and one suggesting I have is to keep the conversation going! I imagine that many participants have LinkedIn accounts. A group could be made which would help facilitate conversation after the conference ends. If any follow up activities occur, this could be a mechanism to get more feedback later. Anyway, this is certainly a much needed and timely conference!

  2. Joseph Cordes
    Posted May 8, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I am sorry that I missed the small group discussions yesterday. The list of exhibitors was quite impressive. Aside from the potential use of the various data sources in research, many of the materials would also be very useful in the classroom…not only as learning/lecture materials, but also as potential exercises in which students would need to find data that address a particular question, organize that data visually, and summarize the implications of the data. Such an exercise (or perhaps even a course) would be extremely valuable in any number of fields: economics, public policy, urban affairs, etc.

  3. Patricia Atkins
    Posted May 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    The exhibitor booths were an effective way to disperse a great deal of information to a significant number of individuals in a short period of time. It was much more efficient and personal than sitting through a series of powerpoint presentations. Bravo to such a useful format.

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