U's trove of census data stands alone in the world

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 8, 2012 - 9:00 PM
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sarahdanceApr. 9, 12 3:15 AM

The 1940 Census is no doubt a data AND revenue sharing pilot project between Ancestry.com and the Minnesota Population Center. If all goes well, I predict that MPC will eventually make most of their data available only via paid membership with a commercial partner such as Ancestry.com.

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sailboatjoeApr. 9, 12 4:56 PM

The previous commenter is misinformed. The Population Center's work is largely funded by agencies which require that the data be made publicly available permanently. Furthermore, the Center is a world leader with a track record of taking data that was not previously available and making it public. There is no evidence or history to suggest that paid membership to MPC data is a goal of the Center, nor would it be legally possible even if it were.

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