Since 2008, NLT has been providing large-scale research, development, production, and management support to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Research & Methodology directorate, Center for Economic Studies, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program (LEHD), and Center for Disclosure Avoidance Research (CDAR). NLT’s team of Economists, Geographers, Statisticians, and Computer Scientists are responsible for full lifecycle big data services including developing privacy protection and disclosure avoidance methods, building national public data products, developing tools and applications for data visualization and analytics, and managing critical computing infrastructure.
For LEHD, NLT supports the delivery of the nation’s premier source for detailed statistics about the local workforce and produces national economic data products about the U.S. labor market including the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI), LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES), Job to Job Flows (J2J), and other restricted-use microdata available to researchers through the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDC). This includes leading the development of award winning public web-based interactive big data tools including: Job-to-Job Flows Explorer, QWI Explorer, OnTheMap, OnTheMap for Emergency Management, LED Extraction Tool.
The team is also supporting the design, testing, and implementation of new data privacy protection and statistical disclosure limitation (SDL) methods for CDAR. The team is leading development of novel data anonymization methods including noise infused, synthetic, differential, and other approaches that censor to protect respondents’ confidentiality for a number of national public data products.