In 1989 the U.S. Census Bureau designated UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) as the lead agency of the Nebraska State Data Center. The following year, CPAR organized its first Annual Data Users Conference as a way to share new data and resources, teach others how to find and access data sources, and build a network of data users across the state.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Data Users Conference. For over two decades, CPAR has educated its attendees on data usage, including the basics of using census data, how to use data to receive grants, and how to use data to reach a specific audience. Attendance has grown to over 150 people each year, and includes staff from state agencies, the legislature, nonprofit and service organizations, schools, and private consulting and engineering firms.
Held in the CPACS building, the conference also offers webcasts of select sessions, and speakers include regional data and research experts as well as CPAR staff. There are also hands-on computer training sessions and facilitated discussions on various topics.
According to this year’s conference organizer David Drozd, “the 25th annual data users conference promises to be a great event, filled with information focusing on aging, poverty, and the latest state and local population trends. From beginners who need the basics of census-style data to advanced users who want to make maps of their data, there is something for everyone at this conference where you can choose your sessions of interest including hands-on computer trainings.”
For more information about the Data Users Conference, or to register for the conference, please visit our 25th Annual Data Users Conference page.