44th Annual Conference (March 2011)

Washington, DC • March 28-30, 2011

National Mall park and monument

APLIC in DC: Capitalizing on new opportunities

Our 44th conference was held March 28-30 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC, in conjuction with the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America.

Twenty-five people attended the 2011 conference and enjoyed the special events and timely, pertinent presentations listed below.


Monday, March 28, 2011
1:30 p.m.

Tour: Secrets of the Library of Congress

LOC cutaway, Cornell LIIWhen its doors opened to the public in 1897, the Library of Congress represented an unparalleled national achievement, the “largest, costliest, and safest” library in the world. Its elaborately decorated interior, embellished by works of art from nearly fifty American painters and sculptors, linked the United States to classical traditions of learning and simultaneously flexed American cultural and technological muscle. Today, LC boasts millions of items in a collection so large that it takes three impressively large buildings to house it. Join us for a behind the scenes tour that will show off some of the architectural, historical, and cultural gems found there, and enjoy the anecdotes to be shared by 20-year LC veteran Lyle Minter, our special tour guide.

4:00 p.m.

APLIC Board Meeting

Johnson Room – Mezzanine Level

All APLIC members are invited to attend.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Washington Room 3 – Exhibition Level

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote : Information 2.0 and Beyond: Where are we, where are we going?

Kristen Purcell, Associate Director for Research, Pew Internet and American Life Project

Kristen Purcell, Research Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will share data on the latest digital information trends and discuss how those trends are shaping the way libraries and other content-oriented organizations interact with their audiences. Trends to be discussed include the continued popularity of social media, the rise of mobile internet, handheld devices and apps, the move towards augmented realities, and the shifting role of the “expert” in today’s information ecology. These trends, and others, are revolutionizing how people consume information, and are reshaping the public’s expectations about information access and immersion.

Pew Internet and American Life Project.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

International Datasets – Presentations and Discussion

The International Data Base (IDB) and International Data Resources
Peter D. Johnson, U.S. Census Bureau

This presentation will focus on the International Data Base (IDB) available on the Census website.  It comprises, basically, estimates and projections that have been developed at the Census Bureau, based on information from various sources (censuses, surveys, vital registration).

UNICEF – Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)
Ivana Bjelic

UNICEF has a data collection tool called Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) very similar to the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS). In fact they collaborate very closely with DHS on the content of the questionnaires and other tools and instruments. UNICEF also has a website that they consider to be the “one-stop source for UNICEF statistics on children and women,” providing access to all MICS-related resources… and much more!!!.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Visual Design and Information Visualization

Evan Golub, Human Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland

This presentation is structured as an introduction to some core issues related to the design of user interfaces, thinking about questions beyond simple screen design issues – such as the tasks users want to perform when exploring information collections – followed by an overview and examples of the range of information visualization approaches.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Population Issues of Asia and Asians

Marrying Out: Intermarriages among Asian Americans
Wendy Wang, Pew Social & Demographic Trends, will explore the increasing trend in the USA for people to marry outside their ethnic group with a focus on Asian Americans. She will present demographic data and attitudes about intermarriage from the Census and Pew Research Center surveys.

The India Human Development Survey: A Report
Sonalde Desai, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, will talk about the India Human Development Survey and its several follow on studies, the first such nationwide effort in India. IHDS is now going to be a longitudinal study with the second wave of data gathering just getting underway.

Gender, Power, and Reproductive Behavior in India
Jeffrey Edmeades, Social Demographer, International Center for Research on Women, will discuss the implications of the findings from an innovative study on abortion and contraception conducted in Madhya Pradesh, India, for our understanding of the relationships between gender, power, and reproductive behavior.

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Banquet at Zaytinya

701 9th Street Northwest
Washington DC

The banquet is included in your conference registration.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Washington Room 3 – Exhibition Level

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

APLIC Annual Business Meeting

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 – 12:00 noon

World Development Indicators

Neil Fantom, Manager Global Monitoring, Development Data Group, The World Bank

In April 2010, the World Bank decided to change the way it publishes highly valued datasets, including the popular World Development Indicators. Datasets are now freely available to anyone using an open terms of use, much more easily accessible, and fully searchable. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and Neil will describe the strategy and the changes that have taken place, assess the impact, and describe some of the lessons learned along the way – including the need for data librarians, data curators, and data story-tellers. He will outline the contribution that Open Data can make to Open Development, and provide insights into the Bank’s plans for the future.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break – with Kee Malesky

Hosted by The Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW, Washington DC

NPR Librarian Kee Malesky will talk about her new book, All Facts Considered : The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge, released in October 2010.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Census Data Preview : Content and Schedule

Louisa Miller, U.S. Census Bureau

This presentation will focus on Census 2010 data products: both their content and their schedule for release.  Ms. Miller also plans to include some information on the American Community Survey since it is the replacement for the decennial census long form.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Climate Change: Its Implications for Population Research

Climate Change and Migration : Myth or Reality
Jean-François Maystadt, Researcher, International Food Policy Research Institute

Population and Climate Change – Understanding the Connections
Roger-Mark DeSouza, Vice President of Research, Population Action International, will focus on the role of population dynamics in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

RFF Global Adaptation Atlas
Daniel F. Morris, Center Fellow, Resources for the Future. Climate change adaptation is a critical issue in current international negotiations, as many countries are pledging large sums of money to help address impacts. The Global Adaptation Atlas is a tool that can provide accurate and up-to-date spatial information to help on-the-ground actors better understand impacts of concern as well as track funding for adaptation projects. The presentation will describe the structure and general functions of the Global Adaptation Atlas and explain how it may be utilized as a decision tool.