Saving the Statistical Abstract: How ProQuest Approached the Project and What it Really Takes


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Tracing the history of the Statistical Abstract, documenting its value and uses over time, reviewing the reaction to the Census Bureau's decision to discontinue it, and hearing how ProQuest is handling the challenges and sharing some insights as to what it is taking to reconstruct this valuable resource.

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Saving the Statistical Abstract: How ProQuest Approached the Project and What it Really Takes

  1. 1. The Statistical Abstract: Its History, the Outcry and the ReconstructionThe Statistical Abstract: Its History Presented by Lars Johanson 1
  2. 2. The Statistical Abstract: GPO View Presented by: Kathy BayerGPO’s Federal publication acquisition roleEach Federal agency is responsible for decision makingabout its own information products.GPO acquires Federal agency publications that the issuing agencies choose to publish, and GPO distributes and disseminates them. Mission • Identify, acquire, classify, catalog, and disseminate Government publications. • Codified in 44 U.S.C. §§1901 – 1916, 1710-1711, and 4101 -4104. 2
  3. 3. Communication when the news broke - GPO and the Census Bureau• GPO and the Census Bureau’s Statistical Compendia Branch staff got in touch.• Three Branch staff visited GPO and met with LSCM staff, sharing information about the status of the Branch publications. – Our role is to inform the public of plans and decisions.• GPO updated publication information. – Statistical Abstract, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, County and City Data Book, and USA Statistics in Brief discontinued. – USA Counties and State and County QuickFacts continue. The Statistical Abstract: Library View Presented by: Tina Plottel• 3
  4. 4. The Statistical Abstract Challenge Presented by Dan Coyle What were the major challenges?• Maintain continuity with the past.• Analyze the content of every table and find the updated data.• License the copyright material.• Find the right agency contact.• Develop a publishing platform.• Update and review the tables.• Complete the project in 8 months! 8 4
  5. 5. We had some things going for us• Coverage of Federal statistical publications for the past 40 years.• 25 statistical editors and content analysts.• 6 acquisitions and licensing specialists focused on statistical content.• Pre-existing licenses with 30% of the non- Federal providers.• Opportunity to find efficiencies through technology. 9 Our Data Management Tool 10 5
  6. 6. The Table in Question 11 Statistics about the Statistical Abstract 15,900 PROQUEST STAFF HOURS CHARGED TO THESTATISTICAL ABSTRACT PROJECT SO FAR IN 2013 12 6
  7. 7. Statistics about the Statistical Abstract 131NONFEDERAL SOURCES IN THE 2013 EDITION. 2012 EDITION =133 13 Statistics about the Statistical Abstract 1,419 NUMBER OF TABLES IN THE 2013 EDITION. 2012 EDITION = 1,407 14 7
  8. 8. Statistics about the Statistical AbstractN=23,D=11NEW TABLES AND DROPPED TABLES IN THE 2013 EDITION.THE 2012 EDITION=27 NEW, 28 DROPPED 15 Statistics about the Statistical Abstract 99.2% OF THE TABLES IN 2012 EDITION APPEAR IN THE PROQUEST 2013 EDITION. 98% OF 2012 EDITION IN 2011 16 8
  9. 9. Don’t Judge This Book by its Cover• Different cover.• Larger pages.• Same scope of coverage 17 Browse or Search the Tables 18 9
  10. 10. 1920 10
  11. 11. 21We’re Almost There! 22 11
  12. 12. Q&A 12