Don't cancel The U.S. Statistical Abstract
  • Petitioned The U.S. Census Bureau

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Don't cancel The U.S. Statistical Abstract

    1. David Ruderman
    2. Petition by

      David Ruderman

      Northampton, MA

The Statistical Abstract of the United States has been published 1878, 131 times. It is about to be eliminated. The 2012 edition is the last.

The U.S. Government spends about $3 Billion collecting data, but only about $3 Million creating the Statistical Abstract, which crunches this public data and makes it useful to decision makers, members of the media, librarians, and average citizens. This includes readily accessible statistics on agriculture, elections, population, health, labor, education, manufacturing, and much more. Such information allows the government to make informed decisions, any of which justify the cost of the Statistical Abstract many times over.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

We ask the U.S. Census Bureau to restore the $3 Million funding for this vital public service.

For more information:

Visit the Statistical Abstract and see for yourself. It's free and full of information that is used to make sense of the way we live and work. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

Read an opinion piece by Robert J. Samuelson in the Washington Post to see why this should matter to you. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-kill-americas-databook/2011/08/21/gIQAGJwBVJ_story.html

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The US Statistical Abstract has had a reprieve via privatization.

      David Ruderman
      Petition Organizer

      To quote Proquest:

      ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Nick Capo, a Dean at Illinois College has an Op-Ed.

      David Ruderman
      Petition Organizer

      Nick Capo, a Dean at Illinois College has an Op-Ed about the importance of the Abstract.

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. I discovered that last spring there was another similar petition

      David Ruderman
      Petition Organizer

      That petition got 1,500 signatures and was before the final issue of the Abstract.
      Hopefully this one will add to that one.

    6. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Adrianne Andrews NORTHAMPTON, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The SAUS is a respected, trusted, invaluable, comprehensive, irreplaceable research tool. Priceless!

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    • Susan Goodwin KINGWOOD, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is the authority for so many statistics! As a librarian, I use it all the time.

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    • Jimmi Fischer Rushing KINGWOOD, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      The Statistical Abstract aggregates and indexes the wealth of data collected by the US government agencies and selected other commercial sources. It provides a critical overview and statistical picture of the US and is used for research by students, business people, academic researchers. To lose any version of this vital publication, with only a note to "refer to the organizations cited in the source notes for each table..." will render the data collected useless and unfindable. At least some other indexing solution should be explored.

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    • Becky Bradley HOUSTON, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a librarian, we use this resource all the time. Our students understand that the information is useful when they are giving their opinions and backing up arguments in their research. Important to keep this resource.

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    • Phillip Phillipuk MARINA DEL REY, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Hiding official public data like this, is one step closer to an authoritarian society. It hides facts that might contradict an ideology, or be politically inconvenient to certain parties. This is a reactionary, right-wing move, not-so-subtly disguised as a cost-cutting budget decision.

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