Thursday, March 24, 2011
Statistical Abstract of the United States: A Contrarian View
The end of the Statistical Abstract of the United States? (Flowing Data, 3/24/2011)
Excerpt: The sense that I get from library science blogs is one of disbelief, but I'm not so sure that the move is that surprising. Government data has been growing more accessible via outlets like Data.gov and even via Census itself, and while they still need work, the Abstract still feels dated in comparison.
I've played with the data a little bit, and it's all available in lots of tables in Excel and PDF formats. Keep in mind this isn't the Statistical Atlas [from 1870; and this applicable because......], so it's not graphics or maps. It's straight up tables, and as Infochimps notes in their entries from the Abstract:
In the top 10 of each of my "Top 40 Ready Reference Titles". (3/22/2011)