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Join us for NYC's School of Data

Join us on Saturday, 5 March 2016, we invite government, civic hackers, and community based organizations to learn from each other and share how we can improve our communities and our data. Let this network improving the City’s data ecosystem and enrich our communities through technology, data, & design.

 

Congrats @nycparks #datajam winners!! NYC #opendata + #nyctreescount + #hackforchange!

Congrats @nycparks #datajam winners!! NYC #opendata + #nyctreescount + #hackforchange!

Event Report Back:

On Saturday, 4 June, NYC Parks hosted its second Data Jam, unveiling NYC’s latest urban forest dataset, the most spatially accurate map of New York City’s street trees ever created. Together with BetaNYC, NYC Parks hosted NYC’s fourth National Day of Civic Hacking event. This is the first time NYC government collaborated with members of NYC’s civic hacker and open data community to host a day-long civic engagement event. For the day, government staffers partnered with tree stewards and community groups, civic technologists, data experts, and designers to help transform the data into actionable insights.

The Data Jam is an extension of NYC Parks’ TreesCount! 2015 participatory mapping campaign to spark and sustain public engagement with NYC’s urban forest through data. Since May 2015, more than 2,500 volunteers have participated in mapping NYC’s street trees. To date, more than 530,000 trees, representing approximately 80% of NYC’s streets, have been mapped as part of the 2015 Street Tree Census.

On Saturday, 196 participants got their first hands-on look at the street tree data that has been collected to date. For the first six months of 2016, NYC Parks worked with TreesCount! Partners and held internal workshops to source problem statements and questions that were used to derive five Data Jam challenges. At the event, the challenges were represented by Parks staff and community stakeholders. Our collective goal was to spend the day building insights for a more equitable urban forest.

The day was broken up into two tracks. Twenty-seven participants engaged in a six hour long workshop teaching them NYC’s open data portal and the nuances of mapping and data exploration, while 144 experienced participants explored the five challenges.

By the end of the day, 23 projects were conceived and built to compete for six prizes.

The event was organized by NYC Parks in partnership with BetaNYC. Support for this event was provided by the Mayor’s Office of Technology + Innovation, NYC Open Data, our host Civic Hall, Microsoft Civic, and CartoDB.

The TreesCount! Data Jam embodies NYC digital priorities such as NYC’s vision for Open Data for All, and the NYC Digital Playbook.

  • Open Data for All laid out two core beliefs – that every New Yorker can benefit from Open Data, and Open Data can benefit from every New Yorker.
  • A central tenet of the NYC Digital Playbook is to foster more collaboration with engaged citizens and civic technologists.
  • Therefore, NYC Parks designed the Data Jam to bring together community members with civic hackers and Parks staff to collaborate on data challenges, and incorporated an Introduction to Open Data workshop for beginners interested in learning to use to Open Data.

Event Metrics

  • Total Participants: 196
  • Data Jammer Participants: 144
  • Workshop Participants: 27
  • Participant Diversity:  45% male / 39% female / 16% unspecified / 1% other
  • Community Group / Public Stakeholder Groups: 5
  • Children in on-site daylong childcare: 7
  • Projects built: 23
  • Winners: 5

The development of a user centered data release workflow.

The most important insights we developed was the evolution of a “user centered data release workflow.” Build off of user centered ideas, we believe that data sets should go through some user testing and like all products fit into a continuous improvement loop.

We’d love to hear your comments on the following three phased user centered data release workflow. Please leave a comment below.

Phase 1: Research & Discovery
• Establish target audiences
• Draft data standards that appeal to broadest possible audience
• Draft data dictionary

Phase 2: User Testing
• Release sample dataset for feedback
• Perform user testing and get feedback on data dictionary & dataset
• Develop a framework and/or guide as how to explore the dataset’s important values
• Allow time for revisions

Phase 3: Initial Deployment
• Upload data set and data dictionary to Portal with an event or video explaining the key features of the data.
• Allow time for user testing on Portal and gather open feedback.
• Share insights and communicate them out to the public. Continue to gather public feedback.

 


 

NYC TreesCount Data Jam Winners:

Challenge 1:
How has NYC’s urban forest changed over time — comparing 1995, 2005, and 2015?

Title of Winning Project: NYGeog’s Maps Over Time NYC Trees Count Data Jam

Description:
Map with dropdown to select tree counts by year, percent change over years, density of trees per square mile and percent change in density of trees per square mile over years

Team Members: Daniel M. Sheehan

Project URL: http://nyctreescountdatajam.github.io/

 

Challenge 2:
How can we visualize Street Tree Census Data to improve our understanding of the urban forest and help educate New Yorkers?

Title of Winning Project: Keeping You Safe From Hazardous Trees

Description:
Website containing heatmaps and bar graphs visualizing tree health as it pertains to the local community.

Team Members: Matt Waldron, Kate Meizner, Mary Burford,

Project URL: http://daftgopher.github.io/hazardous_trees/

 

GRAND PRIZE  + Challenge 3 :
What relationships can be drawn between the Street Tree Census Data and other environmental and economic indicators in New York City?

Title of Winning Project: Impact of Trees on Localized Weather

Description:
The qualitative effect of trees on improving pedestrian comfort is well known and intuitive; a quantitative assessment of the direct benefits of trees on reducing high temperatures and high humidity in their immediate vicinity would provide a valuable tool for reducing the urban heat island effect.

Team Members: Joe Di Dio, Mattia Fumagalli, Nick Culver, Jordan Contract, Bob Muska

Project URL: http://devpost.com/software/blah-pb1unx

 

Challenge 4
How can we use the Street Tree Census Data to more efficiently plan for the long term health and growth of the urban forest?

Title of Winning Project: 311 request costs

Description:
In order to efficiently plan for the long-term health of trees, we wanted to benchmark costs. Using average costs for different work orders, such as pruning, removal, planting, we visualized 311 costs over time.

Team Members: Gerry Song, Kristy Choi, Jean-Ezra Yeung

Project URL: https://dashboards.ly/ua-URzbPELdSRjxfpwzRjH4i4

 

Challenge 5 – TIE:
How can we use Street Tree Census Data to better engage with and target the efforts of community stewardship volunteers to improve the health of the urban forest?

Title of Winning Project: Treezy

Description: “Treezy” is a mobile app for matching users with nearby trees in most need. Users can update stewardship activities and alerts will be personalized and designed to build a connection between people and trees and their needs. Additionally, events can be organized within the app among users in the area.

Team Members: Nazia Parvez, Vianney Brandicourt, Madalena Mak, Bridget Keyes, Melissa Zavala

Project URL: http://bit.ly/24u9q5o

 

Title of Winning Project: When Engagement Works

Description: The goal of this project is to estimate the citywide water absorption that could result from the complete implementation of tree guards. We then provide a recommendation list for a specific community group to construct and install tree guards in their stewardship zones to improve tree health and reduce stormwater runoff.

Team Members: Rob Elliott, Leila Mougoui, Maria Rodriguez, Nandan Shetty,

Project URL: http://bit.ly/1RVIQus

 

 

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For the third time in the past 20 years, together with our hard-working volunteers and stewards, NYC Parks is conducting a comprehensive inventory of our street trees to improve NYC Parks’ ability to manage our urban forest.

As part of TreesCount! 2015, NYC Parks has engaged with our voluntreers, tree-oriented community groups, and non-profit partners to identify how street tree census data can help improve equitable care of our urban forest. NYC Parks, with the assistance of BetaNYC, has turned this feedback and NYC Park’s own questions into these Data Jam challenges.

Now, we are asking you to help us make sense of the Census! Join us by RSVPing via eventbrite. Childcare and scholarships available.


#1. How has NYC’s urban forest changed over time — comparing 1995, 2005, and 2015?

TreesCount! 2015 is the third decadal effort to completely inventory New York City’s street trees! To date, 530,000 trees, representing approximately 80% of the City’s streets, have been mapped as part of the 2015 census, and NYC Parks is releasing all the data that has been reviewed to date. The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island have all been completed. It is the most spatially accurate street tree dataset New Yorkers have ever seen. We need your help visualizing, comparing, and understanding changes across tree census datasets.

By building maps or visualizations, your goal is to help us begin to understand how changes in our urban forest affect NYC’s neighborhoods.

#2. How can we visualize Street Tree Census Data to improve our understanding of the urban forest and help educate New Yorkers?

The Street Tree Census provides us with a wealth of data. Turning this into useful information through maps and visualizations helps us understand the urban forest. Maps and visualizations can help us build an understanding of this shared resource, and enable data-driven management decisions.

Your goal is to make beautiful maps and visualizations that enable all types of New Yorkers to learn more about our urban forest.

#3. What relationships can be drawn between the Street Tree Census Data and other environmental and economic indicators in New York City?

NYC’s urban forest is an integral component of a healthy and equitable city. Understanding the urban forest’s relationship to the City’s health and economy will help urban forest stakeholders advocate for more resources to build a healthier and equitable city. Understanding these relationships will help demystify our urban forest’s impact.

Your goal is to use tree census data to help us understand our urban forest’s relationship to specific environmental and economic indicators.

#4. How can we use the Street Tree Census Data to more efficiently plan for the long term health and growth of the urban forest?

With the 1995 and 2005 street tree censuses, NYC Parks has been able to catalyze major advances in urban forest management, making science-based operational decisions and quantify the benefits of the urban forest. In addition to understanding patterns in resource distribution and condition over time, long-term urban forest management decisions must consider factors such as climate change, pests, diseases, land use, and species diversity.

Your goal is to help us explore these factors using census data and help us develop strategies to address the future of the urban forest.

#5. How can we use Street Tree Census Data to better engage with and target the efforts of community stewardship volunteers to improve the health of the urban forest?

Trees in urban settings face many challenges from both people and the environment. We believe that tree stewardship by the community is an essential part of achieving our urban forestry goals. Resources for tree care are finite, and so it is important that we better understand tree stewards and the challenges they face, and maximize the effectiveness of our volunteers by supporting their stewardship activity.

Your goal is to explore Street Tree Census data to help develop insights that can measure the impact of stewardship on the health of our urban forest, and help us understand where stewardship efforts are most needed.

To attend the event, you need to RSVP via eventbrite. Childcare and scholarships available.

Support for this event is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Technology + Innovation, NYC Open Data, our host Civic Hall, Microsoft Civic, and CartoDB.

Today, NYC.gov launched a new digital front door. We welcome this experiment known as AlphaLabs, civic tech office hours, and, all the other things that the Mayor’s Office of Digital Strategy is doing to make government more accessible.

ALSO – We love that Alpha.nyc.gov is built on BetaNYC’s award winning ReinventNYC.gov hackathon idea!

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Team BetaNYC’s mockup for ReinventNYC.gov hackathon.

 

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Today’s launch of Alpha.NYC.gov.

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Team Appleseed with “Best User Interface” trophy.

Back when we were just a couple of kids and a meetup.com account, a few of us participated in the City’s first hackathon — ReinventNYC.gov.

Our idea was to build a google like interface powered by NYC 311’s inquiry API. We envisioned a super simple, search driven interface.

The more you searched or called NYC 311, the better NYC.gov would get at returning relevant information. NYC.gov would mirror NYC 311’s ambiguity. You didn’t need to know who provided the service. All you needed was a question and we would provide you with relevant results.

With this idea, we won best user interface. Many of the other participants featured similar interfaces. These ideas were so good, many of them are baked into the NYC.gov we know today!

Alpha.nyc.gov is exactly the type of NYC.gov we envisioned a little less than five years ago.

We are happy to see the NYC Digital Playbook be put into action (and follow in the footsteps of NYC Council Labs, the City Council civic hacker SWAT team). As the Mayor’s office has embraced participation and feedback as a fundamental part of Alpha.NYC.gov, we want to see this tool’s core, the code, and product roadmap opened in a way that truly embraces the NYC Digital Playbook.

Now, more than ever, it is important for the alpha.NYC.gov team to stand on the shoulder of giants, embrace the same software development practices embraced by the US Federal Government (and UK, NY State Senate, Code for America).

These software practices are secure, smart, resilient, and they save us money!

The direction is clear. NYC DOITT has already set forth the path with their Citywide-GitHub-Policy (link to the City’s GitHub collection of repos). Now, we need the Mayor’s Office of Digital Strategies to develop the future of NYC.gov for the people, with the people, in an online/offline transparent practice. (Yes, we know they are holding office hours, but that’s not enough. We say that with all the love in the world.)

We congratulate this administration on taking the second step and look forward to working with them as they take the next.

Join us for NYC Parks’ TreesCount! Data Jam!

On Saturday, June 4th, we will unveil NYC’s latest urban forest dataset, the most spatially accurate map of New York City’s street trees. Join NYC Parks, TreesCount! partners, tree care volunteers, and other civic hackers to learn about your urban forest and what impact street trees have on our daily lives.

We are looking for data scientists, statisticians, developers, designers, visualizers, cartographers, and quants. Bring your skills, questions, and creativity to this data jam!

To spark and sustain public engagement, NYC Parks launched the TreesCount! campaign. To date, more than 2,300 New Yorkers have voluntreered helping complete the first comprehensive map of our city’s street trees.

Now, it’s your turn to help us transform the data, gathered thus far, into actionable insights. Whether you are new to hacking or experienced, bring your data expertise and join us for NYC’s first TreesCount! Data Jam and Workshop.

Join us to improve our understanding of and plan for the future our City’s urban forest!

Register via eventbrite and help us plan for the future!

Cost – $10, scholarships available
Date – Saturday, 4 June 2016 from 8:00 am till 6:00 pm
Location – Civic Hall, 156 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Support for this event is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Technology + Innovation, NYC Open Data, our host Civic Hall, and CartoDB.

Today is a great day to be a New Yorker. With a straight forward vision of intentional inclusion, iterative design, transparency, flexibility, & mobility, New Yorkers have a Mayor and City Council who fundamentally support the use of technology, data, and design to build governments that work for the 21st century.

“With the launch of the NYC Digital Services Playbook, technology, data, and design become the corner stone of a 21st century New York City,” said Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC. “We are excited to see the Mayor launch a Digital Services Playbook that brings together the best ideas from inside and outside of government. This digital services playbook lays down a unified foundation for the first half of 21st century.”

The City’s twelve strategies will enable advocates inside and outside of government to champion equitable services built for the 21st century. We look forward to using these strategies to build a stronger, smarter, and more resilient City.

In the coming year, we hope to demonstrate the need for a unified digital services department to unify these principals and strategies. NYC needs an agency who can shepherd these principles across agencies and truly deliver collaborative digital services. Using a model shared by the US Federal Government’s Digital Services Department and 18F, we look forward to building a broader bridge and help reorient government services around we, the people.

Check out NYC’s Digital Services Playbook and vote for your favorite ideas.

Note – In 2013, the BetaNYC community co-wrote the People Roadmap to a Digital New York City. Many of these ideas have been adopted by this Mayoral administration. 

Dear Chairperson Vacca and members of the Technology Committee,

We are supportive of Intro 0564 – 2014. We strongly believe that New York City needs an internal technology and design team to help accomplish the goals of this legislation. Similar to the US Federal Government’s 18F or US Digital Services, New York City is at a point where its digital applications need to be developed in house, through open source tools, and be done in a way where they are expandable to any type of device, regardless of platform.

As part of this legislation’s’ goals, we hope you would include language that such a system is designed around an Application Protocol Interface (API). This would allow any eligible individual to apply for a permit, licenses, or application anytime, anywhere, and regardless of platform. Additionally, this API would maximize the initial investment and permit the city to grow and adapt the application with minimal cost.

With most New Yorkers using cellphones to access the internet, it is fundamental that this tool be build with a 21st Century values and technology.

We thank you for the opportunity to submit electronic testimony, and apologize that the flu has incapacitated me from being in your company.

 

PDF – BetaNYC-TestimonyforIntro564-2016

As part of Noel Hidalgo’s fellowship at Data & Society Research Institution, he hosted the co-chair of the NYC Transparency Working Group and the Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, John Kaehny. If you ever wonder why NYC has a great ecosystem around cycling advocacy, civic technology, & open data advocacy, you must know John Kaehny’s history.
 
As the former Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, he pioneered the use of data liberation AND mapping to engage in a conversation around pedestrian and cycling street crashes. You can see this descendant in Transportation Alternative’s CrashStat map and the City’s current initiative around Vision Zero.
 
Now, John Kaehny is once again spearheading open data advocacy. This video outline NYC’s #opendata law’s past, present, & future. This is a very important video to watch.
 
Watch this video via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR9JRIvbv6M
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B.P. Brewer speaks during the NYC School of Data conference keynote session.

At “School of Data” conference, B.P. Brewer announces she will bring data science curriculum to NYC high schools.

NEW YORK – Today at BetaNYC’s NYC School of Data conference, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced she will bring data science classes to New York City high schools, making public that her office is forming a task force to develop a data science curriculum and implementation plan.

“As the world changes, it’s critical that our schools keep up. That doesn’t just mean putting computers in classrooms – it means offering our students coursework that will help them understand and even shape the world they’re inheriting from us,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Data science is behind expanding access to parks and playgrounds, the rates MetLife charges for insurance, and which search results Google shows us. It can literally show us how to make our world work better.”

Data science is the interdisciplinary field focused on deriving knowledge insights from data. It exists at the intersection of math, statistics, information science, and computer science, and has growing applications in everything from social and economic research to marketing, data mining, software design, and more.

In 2012 the Harvard Business Review called the role of data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” In 2014 the Washington Post called the field “newly hot” and concluded “[t]his is where the jobs are,” observing that “[i]t will take an estimated 2 million new computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and statisticians to sort through the cacophony of data and find meaningful patterns that will help, among other things, to target customers, track diseases and find crime hot spots.”

In announcing her commitment to bring data science education to the city’s schools, Brewer pointed to the success of her Open Data Law, which has generated a mountain of civic datasets for use in civic hacking, data analysis, and data science projects, and her office’s CUNY Service Corps program, which trains and deploys CUNY students to assist Manhattan’s Community Boards with open data and data science-based projects.

“We have a pioneering open data policy here in New York City,” said Brewer. “Using that data to give our high school students concrete, inquiry-driven experiences is a win-win, and will prepare them for greater opportunities and full citizenship in the digital century.”

The Data Science Education Task Force

The Data Science Education Task Force’s goal will be building an actionable plan to bring data science in the New York City public schools, including: a working outline of a curriculum, professional development solutions to help teachers lead data science courses, and pursuing city- and state-level policy changes to clear the way for data science’s incorporation in city high school curricula.

The Los Angeles school district, UCLA, and the National Science Foundation have already partnered to pilot data science classes in 10 public schools, with promising findings. Students who had failed previous math classes or state algebra assessments were passing sophisticated data science courses. Proponents cited the hands-on, concrete, relevant nature of the coursework compared to conventional mathematics curricula as a significant positive.

The task force is in formation, and Brewer will bring together education experts, civic technology advocates, and technology entrepreneurs to participate. The New York City Department of Education will be included.

About the NYC School of Data Conference

BetaNYC’s NYC School of Data conference, held at Civic Hall in the Flatiron District, brought together open data advocates, civic hackers, technology entrepreneurs, government officials, and students to discuss New York City’s data ecosystem. The day’s programming included a workshop teaching data science basics to high school students, demonstrations of open data-based work CUNY Service Corps members have done for Manhattan’s Community Boards, and a discussion on potential improvements and updates to the 2012 Open Data Law and government open data policies.

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Open source advocates providing testimony to New York City Council.

To: NYC Council – Committee on Contracts
From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC
Re: Int 365-2014 & Int 366-2014

Tuesday, 22 February 2016

Dear Chairperson Rosenthal and the NYC Committee on Contracts,

It is an honor to have this opportunity to represent New York City’s civic technology, design, and data community.

I am the Executive Director of BetaNYC, a member driven good government organization. Currently, we are over 3,300 members. Our mission is to improve people’s lives using technology, data and design while advocating for a City government, for the people, by the people, for the 21st Century.

In 2014, we published a “People’s Roadmap to a Digital New York City where we outline the need for New York City government to adopt more free and open source software. We fundamentally agree with Intro 366-2014’s preamble. “The acquisition and widespread deployment of free and open source software can significantly reduce the city’s costs of obtaining and maintaining software.”

We applaud the Council and this committee for holding this hearing and exploring innovative ways to save the City money, grow small businesses, and bring government technology into the 21st century.

We support Int 365-2014 & Int 366-2014 and have a few ideas.

Intro 366-2014 — Free and Open Source Software Act

From my professional experience working in and out of Government, open source software provides the greatest flexibility and efficiency. Intro 366-2014 is a great start.

We are very happy to see New York City government explore the need to adopt a unified open source workflow and reporting mechanisms.

Municipally developed open source software leads to small business growth. Currently, DoITT’s GIS department is an excellent example of how municipal open source software empowers small business. The City maintains a free geocoder that saves small businesses millions of dollars in address translation look up fees.

  • We feel this bill doesn’t go far enough to detail current adoption of open source software. It would be great to know how much of the City’s software infrastructure is open source. We are not asking for a listing of all adopted open source libraries, just a reporting structure where a single agency can report on its open source adoption and light the path for sibling agencies. An excellent example is Department of Transportation’s adoption of Drupal and Shareabouts.
  • This law doesn’t go into details around the adoption of open file formats. The City’s reporting mechanism should have some middle ground for proprietary applications that produce open file formats.
  • A point of note, this bill doesn’t address internet of things issues. As the Mayor’s Office of Technology Innovation and the Economic Development Corporation develop their Neighborhood Labs and evangelize the manifestation of a “smart city” embedded devices and the internet of things (IoT) needs to be taken into consideration.
  • Lastly, great open source applications have clear documentation, design documents, and are open from the start. Any annual report should highlight applications and tools that promote good open source ecology.

 

Intro 365-2014 — Civic Commons Act

In general, we love this idea. In 2009, when I was the Director of Technology Innovation at the State Senate, I begged for a catalog of free and open source software used in Government—a Civic Commons— to become a boy. Sadly, this Pinocchio’s dream never came true.

As a staff member of Code for America, and now at BetaNYC, I have witnessed first hand the need for a catalog of free and open source software used in Government. We continue to congratulate this City’s adoption and publication of code on GitHub, but this isn’t enough. DoITT’s tip-toeing through the adoption of open source is too slow. Open source software is mature and safe and our City should be leading the path to municipal adoption. This Pinocchio dreams for this City to adopt a free and open source practice and produce a catalog of how free and open source software is adopted.

  • Our primary concern with the Civic Commons Act is around cross municipality procurement. Would this prevent the City’s ability to acquire free and open source software. This language is a bit confusing.
  • Would this Civic Commons Act be a catalogue, app store, or showcase? Who will maintain the Civic Commons Act software?
  • What happens when another city sees New York City software and wants to “procure” a copy?
  • Will the Civic Commons Act software platform allow for me to submit bug reports, read documentation or implementation documents?
  • If I have questions about code, will the Civic Commons Act platform be my one stop shop?

 

 

 

 

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The New York City School of Data is a collaborative conference improving the City’s data ecosystem. This year, we invite government, civic hackers, and community based organizations to learn from each other and share how we can improve our communities and our data.

This year, we explore two questions:

  • How is civic technology and open data working for you?
  • Can we improve to build smarter communities?

This year’s School of Data conference is a day-long showcase. Additionally, we will host workshops and collaborate on some of NYC’s most pressing issues—including a data jam with the NYCLU to address economic and social injustice.

Join us as we celebrate the fourth anniversary of New York City’s Open Data Law and make open data and civic technology work for all of us.

Register for NYC School of Data, Saturday – 5 March, via https://schoolofdata.nyc

Selected Speakers:

  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • City Council Member Ben Kallos
  • John Kaehny, Reinvent Albany & Co-Chair of the NYC Transparency Working Group
  • John Paul Farmer & Matt Stempeck, Microsoft Civic
  • Mark Headd, Accela
  • Jackie Lu, NYC Parks Department
  • Liz Berry, TreeKit & Public Laboratory
  • Representatives from NY City Council Speakers Office, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DOITT), and CartoDB

Sessions include:

  • Day long data jam with the NYCLU to address economic and social injustice.
  • Day long workshop on how to use NYC 311 data and the city’s open data portal.
  • Workshop on how to NY/NYC’s freedom of information law / act (FOIL / FOIA).
  • Panel on the future of open data standards.
  • Panel on how to use unlock NYC’s open data.
  • Sessions on how to use open data and civic technology to increase Community Board / Community Based Organization engagements.

NOTE – Childcare will be provided!

Saturday, 5 March 2016
9 am – 6 pm
at Civic Hall, NYC’s collaborative work and event space for the support of civic tech

Register at https://schoolofdata.nyc

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