Data Services

About CBIS GR Data - At its roots, Columbia Books & Information Services (CBIS) is a data provider with over 50 years of experience gathering, normalizing and enhancing government, political and lobbying data. CBIS has extensive experience working with clients across the media, government relations, PAC fundraising, nonprofit and association industries to provide them access with large scale datasets and performing data services such as matching, appending, and licensing datasets. CBIS is uniquely positioned to be able to provide our clients with government relations data as CBIS has unquestionably the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of government relations contacts with over 44,000 lobbyists and government relations professionals included in the database. No other source currently captures the depth of data fields that CBIS captures and maintains for the government relations industry.

Ever worried that your database is inaccurate, out of date, or full of holes? We can help! Send us your database of government relations or congressional contacts and we will match it to ours. We will then tell you organizations that are inactive, update contact names, organization stats and even emails. We can even stick our top-notch research team on a scavenger hunt for your hard to find contacts.

If you have any questions or if you would like to request a quote, please contact Matthew Barnes at 240-235-0277 or mbarnes@columbiabooks.com.

Case Study: Data Matching, Appending and Licensing

One issue we often hear from client’s is maintaining databases for outreach and fundraising. We all know how often people move jobs, email accounts, phone numbers. Keeping up with all of this information while preforming your day to day tasks can be a nightmare and once a contact is out of date, it is no longer valuable. This is where Columbia Books & Information Services (CBIS) can step in to take the stress away from maintaining your database.

This case study will examine how CBIS provides our clients with access with large scale datasets and data services such as matching, appending, and licensing datasets.

Step 1: Data Matching

The first phase of a data appending project is to match the individuals from the client’s database to CBIS’ data sets. The records are matched using many criteria including organization name, web address, individual name, and email address. CBIS maintains an extensive and frequently updated database including:

  • 44,400+ lobbyists and government relations professionals
  • 4,600+ lobbying firms
  • 14,000+ public and government affairs leaders of 2,600 major US corporations
  • 72,000+ association executives
  • 20,000+ national and state trade and professional associations
  • 2,800+ PACs and Think Tanks
  • 700,000+ federal contractor organizations and associated contacts

During the data matching process CBIS will confirm if the record:

  • exists in the CBIS database as “active”
  • exists in the CBIS database as “inactive”
  • is not currently listed in the CBIS database

Each matched record will then be given a unique ID to be used for future matching, updating and appending. CBIS does not guarantee a percentage of matched the cline contacts, however there should be significant overlap with the CBIS database.

Step 2: Data Appending

Once records have been matched, all active files will be appended, when requested data is available, with the fields that the client would like provided including both demographic and contact data.

CBIS does not guarantee that all appending fields will be available for each record. The rate is charged only when any fields are appended.

Step 3: Data Licensing

After appending the client’s data, CBIS can provide additional analysis to determine other potential prospects within the CBIS dataset that would serve as ideal prospects for the client based on the demographics of existing clients. CBIS can then subsequently provide additional records to the client at their request. Initial demographic analysis is billed at an hourly rate listed above. Client may also request research on records not matched during the initial project. Custom research pricing is project based.

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