The OSDC Program
Charles Rynerson, Coordinator
The Oregon State Data Center (SDC) and Business and Industry Data Center (BIDC) represent federal-state cooperative programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. The Population Research Center (PRC) is the lead agency responsible for administering these programs in Oregon. The Data Center program operates through four "Coordinating" agencies and twenty-five state, local, and university "Affiliates" across Oregon. The Oregon SDC also participates in teaching and training and is able to provide applied research, consulting services, and customized tabulations services.
The State Data Center (SDC) Program is one of the Census Bureau's longest and most successful partnerships. It is a cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau that was created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.
The Business and Industry Data Center Program (BIDC) was added in 1988 to meet the needs of local business communities for economic data. SDC lead organizations are appointed by the Governor of that state.
The SDC program's mission is to provide easy and efficient access to U.S. Census Bureau data and information through a wide network of lead, coordinating and affiliate agencies in each state. To accomplish this mission, the SDCs work in partnership with the Census Bureau through the Customer Liaison Office (CLO) and the Regional Offices of the Census Bureau. A Memorandum of Understanding between each state and the Census Bureau supports this partnership.
The Lead agency is the main state portal to the Census Bureau and provides the greatest level of responsibility in understanding and disseminating Census Bureau information. Coordinating agencies bear the next level of responsibility and are often represented by universities, large state agencies, or major planning offices. Affiliate members should be viewed as regional experts representing knowledge about their local areas.
The SDCs are official sources of demographic, economic, and social statistics produced by the Census Bureau. These data are made available by the Census Bureau to the SDCs. The SDCs make these data accessible to state, regional, local and tribal governments, and non-governmental data users.