The U.S. Census BureauÂ plansÂ to integrate aÂ commercial off-the-shelf platformÂ with systems developed by in-houseÂ expertsÂ to collect and process data for the 2020 census.
Census Bureau Director John Thompson wrote in a blog post published ThursdayÂ that the bureau’sÂ development teams are working onÂ prototypes that could aidÂ digital data collection for 2020 census field tests andÂ help the bureau evaluateÂ COTS products.
Thompson added the Census Bureau decided on anÂ integrated COTS platformÂ as a result of the efforts of in-house teams and theÂ input of partners from Carnegie Mellon University and the National Academy of Sciences.
“This approach meets our data collection and processing goals for the 2020 Census and builds the infrastructure to support all of our censuses and surveys in the future,” said Thompson.
The director added the timing of the decision is part ofÂ efforts to meetÂ schedulesÂ for the overall operations and systems integration tests in 2018.
The “hybrid approach” also works to support the bureau’sÂ proposal to save $5.2 billion in the 2020 census compared to the 2010 census, Thompson noted.