Conference Program

Jazzing it up!
Hit the high notes with new tools and skills

April 8-10, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Monday, April 8, 2013
3:00 p.m.

Tour: The Historic New Orleans Collection

Williams Research Center

410 Chartres Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Located just four blocks from the convention hotel, in the French Quarter, the Collection comes highly recommended.

As part of its mission to promote the study of Louisiana history, The Collection opened the Williams Research Center at 410 Chartres Street in January 1996. After an extensive restoration, the Williams Research Center (WRC) serves as The Collection’s research facility. City architect Edgar Angelo Christy designed the 1915 Beaux Arts structure, which initially functioned as a a police station and municipal courthouse. Today the façade and the reading room—which occupies the former courtroom—are suggestive of the building’s earlier design, although the remaining floor space has been reordered to operate as secure, climate-controlled storage.

Daniel Hammer, the Head of Reader Services. has some interesting historical facts on New Orleans regarding population and development that will be interesting to information specialists in our field.

Williams Research Center, New Orleans LA

Williams Research Center, New Orleans LA

5:30 p.m.

APLIC Board Meeting

All members are invited to attend.

Edgewood A8, Fourth Floor

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Nottoway Room, Fourth Floor


9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote: Using widgets to responsibly disseminate ACS data

Ben Horwitz (bio), Nonprofit Knowledge Works

With an average of nearly 8,000 unique monthly visitors, the most heavily trafficked pages on the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center website have always been our neighborhood data pages that feature 353 Census 2000 indicators for each of New Orleans 72 neighborhoods. To help users understand and use ACS data appropriately, we innovated a widget that allows users to test whether two data points are statistically different at the 90th percentile and another widget to help users combine multiple data points and their associated margin of error. The new data pages and widgets were launched in June 2012 and have enjoyed 175 unique visits per day and nearly 1,250 unique visits per week.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 -11:00 p.m.

Member Survey Results

Stephen Woods (bio), Pennsylvania State University

Last fall, Board members Stephen Woods and Yan Fu created and conducted a long-overdue survey of the APLIC membership with a view of getting a clearer picture of who we are collectively and of the many talents to be found within our association. Stephen will present the results and moderate a discussion.

11:15 -12:30 p.m.

Conversation: Views from the Real World of Population Studies Support

Moderator: Lori Delaney (bio), University of North Carolina


12:30 – 2:00 p.m.



On own

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

DevInfo: An overview


Douglas Hsu (bio), DevInfo Support Group

DevInfo is a powerful database system for monitoring human development.  It is a tool for organizing, storing and presenting data in a uniform way to facilitate data sharing at the country level across government departments, UN agencies and development partners.  DevInfo has features that produce tables, graphs and maps for inclusion in reports, presentations and advocacy materials.

The software supports both standard indicators (the Millennium Development Goal indicators) and user-defined indicators. DevInfo is compliant with international statistical standards to support open access and widespread data exchange and operates both as a desktop application as well as on the web, so it can be accessed from anywhere.

See the report by Liz Nugent

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.



3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

APLIC Annual Business Meeting


6:00 – 9:00 p.m.



Mr. B’s Bistro

One of New Orleans’ classic restaurants. located in the heart of the French Quarter

The banquet is included in your conference registration.

Mr. B's Bistro, interior

Mr. B’s Bistro, interior

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Nottoway Room, Fourth Floor

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Durationator® Copyright Experiment

Elizabeth Townsend Gard (bio), Co-Director, Tulane Center for Intellectual Property Law and Culture

Durationer® Copyright Experiment is a software program that determines the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work. Dr. Townsend Gard will speak about its development and about general issues in intellectual properties law.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Business Meeting Wrap-up

11:00 -12:00 noon

POPLINE® : A tool for searching the world’s health literature

Debra Dickson (bio), Knowledge for Health Project, Johns Hopkins University

POPLINE® contains the world’s most comprehensive collection of population, family planning and related reproductive health and development literature. An international resource, POPLINE helps program managers, policy makers, and service providers in low-resource countries and in development-supportive agencies and organizations gain access to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished documents. POPLINE adds thousands of new records every year, keeping the database up-to-date and highly relevant. However, the last time the POPLINE website changed significantly was in 2003. This presentation will focus on the redesigned POPLINE website, its new features, and future plans.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.


On own

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Special Session : Tools We Use

Facilitated by William Fennie (bio), University of Maryland

APLIC Members will outline tools they find useful. We expect this to be a very interactive session with a lot of conversation.

Suggstions welcome.

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