How to become a Data Angel

Last week I presented a keynote at Data Con LA where I shared Mayor Garcetti’s data strategy and encouraged audience members to become Data Angels by lending their skills to address city challenges.

As a lean team, we depend on a thriving community of civic partners. The Data Angels program is comprised of a cohort of volunteers that donate their time and skills to help us reach our mission of leveraging data to make positive community improvements.

In the past, we’ve worked with groups to pitch projects based on our open data, partner on new data analytics initiatives, and build digital services that make government information more accessible to the public.

To streamline this process and to be transparent about our project pipeline, we launched a Data Angels Project Board on Trello with current and upcoming #DataLA community projects. Here you can find a list of open projects, a place to create and collaborate on new projects, and an ongoing list of data tasks that will help us run more smoothly.

Screenshot from Trello

Our Data Angels are motivated to improve Los Angeles through better use of data and technology. If you’re interested in joining our community, here are three things you can do to get started:

  1. Reach out to us at mayor.opendata@lacity.org
  2. Check out the Trello board and tag yourself in a project
  3. Get to know other civically minded data enthusiasts at a local HackforLA night