Exploring the State of Open Data: Events and Discussions in May

The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons has gone to print, and we’re putting the finishing touches to the open access online version. Over the past 18-months, we’ve brought together hundreds of voices to shape this new resource — looking back at a decade of open data activity and then forward to explore the vital role that open data has to play in the future.

The official book launch will precede the Open Government Partnership Summit in Ottawa on May 27th. Please join us if you can. Register here!

In advance of the Summit, we have also organised events to promote the book launch and share insights gained. Co-editor Tim Davies will be on hand to discuss the project and what the findings might mean for the future. If you will be in Boston, Washington DC, or New York in late May, please join us for one of these events! Then, in early June, we’ll be sharing findings from the book at an Open Data Institute lunchtime talk in London. Further information on dates and places below.

Panels and Discussion Events

We’re running public events in Washington and New York to bring together editors and authors to reflect on the State of Open Data.

The State of Open Data — World Cafe & Happy Hour — Monday, May 20th (17:30–19:30) @ OpenGovHub Gov — Washington DC

Join many of the authors from State of Open Data chapters for a deeper dive into their findings and a look at the big picture for open data work in the future, followed by drinks and further discussion.

Registration link coming soon. Check OpenGovHub for details.

The State of Open Data: Open Data, Data Collaboratives and the Future of Data Stewardship — Tuesday May 21st — 18:00 @ GovLab NYU Tandon — New York

Join Tim Davies (State of Open Data Co-Editor), Tariq Khokhar (Managing Director & Senior Data Scientist, Innovation at The Rockefeller Foundation), Adrienne Schmoeker (Deputy Chief Analytics Officer, City of New York) and Beth Simone Noveck (Professor and Director, The GovLab, NYU Tandon) for this public panel to discuss learning from the last decade of open data work and the changing landscapes of data and governance.

Register here

ODI Friday Lunch — Friday, 7th June — 13:00 pm BST, London

We will be sharing insights from the State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons with some of our UK authors at the ODI Friday Lunch. This talk will also be streaming live.

Register here

Small-group discussions

We’re also grateful to Data & Society and the Berkman-Klein Center for hosting some smaller discussions on the book. You can register or express interest in attending below.

The State of Open Data: Roundtable on future directions for research and action — Thursday May 16th (09:00–11:00) @ Harvard Berkman Klein Center

Join State of Open Data authors Tim Davies, David Eaves, and Mariel García-Montes, along with Laura Bacon to discuss future directions for open data research in a small round table setting.

Register to take part here.

The State of Open Data: Small Group Session at Data & Society — Wednesday May 22nd (14:00–15:00) @ Data & Society — New York

Join Tim Davies and Gabby Lim for a round table discussion of findings from the State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons and its implications for critical studies of data and society. What does open data have to offer to current debates on the datification of our world?

Register to participate here.

Other events

We’ll also be participating and sharing learning from State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons at a number of other events.

DevCA 2019 — Developing the Caribbean — Thursday 16th May

We’ll be sharing a remote input into the opening plenary of the Developing the Caribbean conference.

Data as Development — Thursday 23rd May — Kennedy School at Harvard

A Collaborative workshop looking at how the benefits of big data and artificial intelligence can be equitably leveraged for developing countries. What role will open data play in future?

Find out more and register.

OGP Side Event — Making data work for open government — Wednesday, 29th May (All Day) Ottawa.

The urgent need for more investment in data literacy is a clear message coming out of The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons. We’ll be joining forces with the Open Data for Development (OD4D) Network, Fabriders, and the Open Data Charter for one-day unConference looking at issues of data literacy.

Register here.

Open Government Partnership Summit — Thursday, 30th — Friday, 31st May — Ottawa

We’ll be on the main programme at the OGP Summit with a session on designing better open data commitments and sharing learning on open data issues including gender, privacy, and data infrastructure.