Open Data Day with Open Austin 2018

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Mar 21, 2018 · 4 min read
Just before getting our day started

Earlier this month on March 3rd, Open Austin held Open Data Day at Capital Factory in Downtown Austin. Open Data Day is an international day celebrating open data all over the world.

We invited 9 folks to come out and talk about work being done to use, make, and free data. With over 30 people in attendance, Open Austin worked to provide space for people to learn, share ideas, and ask questions about the use of open data in our community and beyond.

Our speakers came from different organization and business backgrounds

The Event

Below you can check out our speakers, presentations, and some choice tweets from our event.

Sara Safavi showing us open geospatial data used and created at Planet (left), Chris Harris white boarding about policing and open data(center), & Patrick McGarry going over the ethics of open data (right)

Full Event Deck [View the deck]

Lead With Data [View the deck]

A Picture’s Worth 1000 Words [View the deck]

Open Data & Policing [View whiteboard photos]

10 Pragmatic Lessons for Building Data Collaboration [View the deck]

Shellee O’Brien presenting to the crowd about activist, Aaron Schwartz(left), Post pizza folks prepared to listen (center), & folks focusing on Mateo Clarke’s Intro to Open Data talk(right)

Social Activism for Technologists [View the deck]

Making Data More Human [View the deck]

City of Austin Open Data Initiative [View the deck]

🍕🍕🍕After a pizza break and some mingling we moved on to the final portion of our event. We had one last lightning talk by Shellee O’Brien, current Community Outreach Lead, and a workshop on using the City’s Open Data Socrata API with former Open Austin Brigade Captain, Mateo Clarke.

Shellee O’Brien presenting to the crowd about activist, Aaron Schwartz(left), Post pizza folks prepared to listen (center), & folks focusing on Mateo Clarke’s Intro to Open Data talk(right)

⚡️ Aaron Swartz, Digital Rights Activism and World Making [View the deck]

⚡️ Intro to Open Data [View the deck + Get the code]

And That Was Our Day!

Feel free to reach out if you would like to get in contact with any of the speakers or find that a resource is no longer available.

And if you attended there’s still an opportunity to give us feedback on the event.

Have Ideas for Next Year? Leave a Comment!

As we begin to understand and care about the value data has in our community and country it’s important we share how we can make data work for us in the open.

It’d be awesome to include data art and visualizations in a gallery, have some open data hack projects, or work on a community wide data collection or cleaning project.

If you’re interested in contributing and collaborating you can drop a comment or email us at info@open-austin.org.

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