September-October 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 7

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National Children’s Study Is Upgrading its Data Gathering, Analysis

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The National Children’s Study is a multi-site research study examining the effects of environment and genetics on the growth, development and health of children across the United States, from pre-conception to age 21. The study is changing its approach to informatics—the science of classifying, cataloging, storing, analyzing, and retrieving information, study officials announced today. The new approach, termed facilitated decentralization, seeks to test a variety of different yet compatible information systems to identify those that will best meet the needs of the study. Study officials invite interested researchers in the federal government and in research institutions to collaborate on new informatics components to be integrated into the study’s main informatics system. Because of its size, length, and complexity, the study will be conducted as two separate but related studies: a vanguard, or pilot study and a main study. The vanguard study seeks to evaluate the ease, acceptability, and costs involved in the methods needed to conduct the main study. For more information, visit www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov/Pages/default.aspx

The Release of the 2010 ACS One-year Estimates

The U. S. Census Bureau announced the release of the 2010 ACS one-year estimates as of September 22, 2011. The 2010 ACS one-year estimates are available for the nation, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. It contains data on who Americans are, where they live, how much money they make, and how they get around. Data products as part of this release include: data profiles, comparison profiles, selected population profiles, and ranking tables. For the complete ACS data release schedule, visit the 2010 Release Schedule www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/2010_release_schedule/.

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