23rd Annual NM Data Users Conference (2021)

November 15-19

This year we will again hold the conference virtually and again the conference will be free. We will have 14 Sessions over the 5 days.  Plan to attend as many of the sessions as you want or all of them! We have many fine speakers lined up. Registration is open.

Draft Agenda - Sessions might change last updated (8/12/2021)

November 15

1) Morning Session: 10:30-11:45  

Welcome and Notes on Redistricting (Suzan Reagan, UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research; Ryan Eustice, Economic Development Department; Norbert Nez, Navajo Nation CIC; and Redistricting Staff of U.S. Census Bureau ) – This will be the opening session and feature information on the State Data Center Program, Census Information Centers and on Redistricting.

2)  Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 2:45     

The New Mexico Economy: Recent History and Outlook (Michael O’Donnell, Acting Director, UNM- Bureau of Business and Economic Research) - A summary of the impact of the pandemic in and the performance of the New Mexico economy, along with an economic outlook for the coming two years.

3) Afternoon Session: 3:30 – 5:00

Accessing Geography for 2020 Census (Mike Ratcliff, Geography Bureau, U.S. Census Bureau) - Math enhancement project and the changes in geography for 2020. All people interested in GIS should attend and ask your shape file questions.

November 16

4 ) Morning Session: 10:30-11:45 

Pulse Survey (Gabriel Amaro, Pulse Survey, U.S. Census Bureau) -The Census Bureau added weekly pulse surveys to track the changes brought out by covid19. The pulse survey provides timely data of the ongoing impact to businesses and households.

5) Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 2:45     

NM Population Estimates and Projections (Robert Rhatigan, UNM Geospatial Population Studies; Jacqueline A. Miller, UNM Geospatial Population Studies) - The UNM GPS Department produces annual population estimates and tri-annual population projections for the state of NM.

 6) Afternoon Session: 3:30-5:00

US Census Bureau Population Estimates Program, (TBD, Population Estimates Program U.S. Census Bureau) - Why does the Census Bureau publish so many different population estimates? Which ones should I use and why!

November 17

7) Morning Session: 10:30-11:45 

Visualizing scientific data (Erik Barry Erhardt, PhD, Associate Professor of Statistics, Universty of New Mexico) – Data visualization is a vital skill for scientists of all disciplines, affording the ability to generate insights about data and communicate those insights to others. In this talk, we will discuss principles for designing effective visualizations that make complex ideas easy to understand.  These principles are rooted in innate human perceptual abilities (and limitations) to parse visual features. We will also examine the importance of displaying variation and uncertainty, visualization strategies for high-dimensional data, and common pitfalls when using color. After attending the talk, audience members should feel better prepared to design clearer graphics that communicate their intended message. This talk represents a subset of principles in our 2016-invited chapter in the Handbook of Psychophysiology, 4th Edition, Cambridge University Press.

8) Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 2:45     

Census Data Access Data.Census.Gov (KaNin Reese, Dissemination Outreach Branch, US Census Bureau) – This will be a live demonstration on finding data from different programs on the US Census Bureau website. The advent of the Census API has the data tool evolving at a very fast past. If you are new to using Census data, need a refresher, or even a seasoned expert this is the session for you.

9) Afternoon Session: 3:30-4:45

Tribal Area Data Access; Census Data - Advanced (Amadeo Shije, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau) – This will be a live demonstration using Data.Census.gov on finding Tribal Area data. Aimed at building skills in locating non-typical geographies and understanding the data programs that produce the tabulations for them. With an emphasis on Tribal data. 

November 18

10) Morning Session: 10:30-11:45 

Mapping New Mexico data - RGIS Socioeconomic Tool (Sarun Luitel, BBER & Suzan Reagan, BBER) – In conjunction with UNM Earth Data Analysis BBER has put together a GIS tool that creates GIS files with Census data and other New Mexico data.

11) Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 2:45     

Labor Market Information (Rachel Moskowitz, Bureau Chief ER&A, NM Department of Workforce Solutions) - NMDWS produces much of the important employment data on New Mexico. Come learn about Labor Market Information and how to access it.

12) Afternoon Session: 3:30-4:45

NM Human Services Data (Alex Castillo Smith; Manager, Strategic Planning & Special Projects Office of the Secretary Human Services Department) – The Department produces an annual Data Book and also several data pieces on a variety of topics.

November 19

13) Morning Session: 10:30-11:45 

Affiliates Meeting and Workshop (Ryan Eustice, Economic Development Department; Suzan Reagan, UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research) - This session is aimed at the NM State Data Center Affiliates. We will catch up with all the important news and happenings both nationally and locally. We will also review what the Decennial workflow looks like and how to prepare for the next decade.

14) Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 2:45     

Economic Data from the Census Bureau (Andy Hait, US Census Bureau) - Detailed information for the experience user. Aimed at the NM SDC Affiliates! Others are welcome too.

Plan on a Data Filled Week!

 Register Today. 

Any questions please contact Suzan Reagan sreagan@unm.edu