The Census Department opened a new Research Data Center laboratory at

The lab is part of the at the Census Department, which already operated another facility at Duke University.

The labs, which are manned by Census Department workers, are used for analysis of demographic and economic data. Access is shared on a restricted basis with other federal agencies and institutions.

"The Census Bureau recognizes that the statistical data it compiles represent a significant investment by the American public," said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves in a statement. "These Census Research Data Centers increase the returns on the public’s investment through improvements to and use of these data. These RDCs provide a valuable feedback loop from researchers to the Census Bureau about the quality of its data products.”

Proposals must be submitted to the Censure Bureau before access to data is permitted.

Other labs operate in Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, New York, Ann Arbor, Mich., Berkeley, Calif. and Ithaca, N.Y. A center will open in Atlanta next year.

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