Carol O. Rogers


Indiana Business Research Center


  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Arts, English, Communications, History
  • Indiana University, Master of Library and Information Science
  • Indiana University, post-graduate coursework in GIS and database architecture


As deputy director and CIO of the Indiana Business Research Center, Carol Rogers directs its information systems and services, overseeing the development of websites, publications, training, research projects and other services. She sits on the boards of the national Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Indiana Geographic Information Council, and serves as the Governor’s Census Liaison.

She works extensively with economic developers, government officials and businesses throughout Indiana and the nation, providing them with economic and demographic information for and about Indiana and its localities. These data are shared through publications produced by the IBRC research staff, web services, training, consultation and analysis.

Under her direction, the Center’s award-winning interactive web service, STATS Indiana, has become one of the most-used public data sites in the nation, along with its sister site, STATS America.

Significant “big” data collection and state administrative record integrations projects were undertaken as part of the Center’s Information for Indiana initiative.   The workforce intelligence system was built in collaboration with the state workforce and higher education agencies and was among the first in the nation (starting in the mid-2000s) to integrate employment records with higher education records; and Indiana Gateway for Government Units, a collection and dissemination platform built by the IBRC to support the digital reporting of state-required finance, tax and other local information in collaboration with key state agencies.

There is some life beyond data—Rogers is a mother and mistress to a rescued stray, Ginsberg; avid reader and biker; past PTA president; lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of Indiana (an award given for her volunteer demographic work for that group); and uses her off-time for other volunteer activities to fulfill her need to serve.



Workforce Data Explained: Making Data Work for Business in Indiana

WDQC interviewed Carol O. Rogers, Deputy Director of the Indiana Business Research Center, about the critical role data play in aligning education with industry demand. This video is the fourth in a series that showcases how states are using education, training and workforce data to advance their skilled workforce.

Other Activities

  • Member, American Society for Information Science & Technology
  • Board of Directors, national Association of University Business and Economic Research
  • Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, AUBER representative
  • Board of Directors, national Council for Community and Economic Development Research
  • Member and past Board member, Indiana Geographic Information Council
  • Past President, Indiana Economic Forum
  • Past Chair, National State Data Center Steering Committee
  • Executive Editor, Indiana Business Review
  • Executive Editor, InContext
  • Excellence in Leadership Award Winner, Indiana Economic Development Association
  • Governor’s Census Bureau Liaison
  • Past adjunct faculty in research & statistics for journalism
  • Frequent presenter at national and state conferences
  • Specializations in bibliometric studies, content measurement systems, architecture and user-centered design of information and visualization systems
  • Data management and analysis using SPSS, SAS, and MS SQL BI
  • Written and oral presentations of complex results for both academic and general audiences