APDU is the national network for public data producers, disseminators, and users. The organization offers professional development to members and provides a mechanism to network and advocate on behalf of public data users.
The APDU membership consists of government agencies, universities and academic institutions, state and local governments, corporate and media organizations, nonprofits, startups, and individual advocates. While the annual conference and parts of this website are open to the public, members have access to additional resources, restricted website areas, and discounts on products.
To become an APDU member, visit the Join APDU page.
Every Thursday, APDU Weekly provides timely information on industry trends, calls for comment, latest reports, and events for public data providers. Members only. Back issues are available in the member area. Click here for a preview issue of the APDU Weekly.
Launched in 2014, APDU Quarterly provides in-depth study and commentary on federal data developments and other statistical sources and is published four times a year. Formerly the Newsletter, back issues are available in the member area.
Educational & Training Webinars
Starting in 2014, APDU began presenting a robust training schedule of webinars, known as Public Data University. Webinars are free to APDU members, fee-based for nonmembers. Broadcasts usually last 60 minutes and recordings archived in the member area.
Annual Conference Discounts & Registrations
The APDU Annual Conference focuses on statistical policy, data collection and delivery, emerging data issues, and relevant technologies. It provides an opportunity to interact with principal policy and decision makers in the data world. APDU members receive a discount on registration, and access to all materials and recordings in the member area.
Member Directory Access
Facilitating peer-to-peer outreach among a diverse network of public data experts, the membership directory is available exclusively to APDU members.
Tools & Resources
In conjunction with trainings, the Annual Conference, advocacy work, and external partners, APDU develops special publications and resources meant to further the development of the public data professional and the work of the industry.
Representation in Advocacy Efforts
APDU conducts advocacy on issues and events that affect public data. APDU’s Board of Directors represents the concerns of public data users and corresponds with administrators and officials directly involved with these matters. APDU also has representation on the Decennial Census Advisory Committee and COPAFS and has assisted with planning the American Community Survey (ACS) and revising the industrial coding scheme. For 2014, APDU is a supporting partner of Data Innovation Day.