Open Data Day 2016: Creating Better Communities with Data

February 25, 2016 12:00 pm PDT | Open Data

The weekend of March 5 and 6, 2016 is Open Data Day and CodeAcross, which celebrate and encourage the adoption of open data policies at all levels of government around the world. From Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Kansas City, Missouri, developers and community advocates are joining together to demonstrate the benefits that open data offers, while learning new ways to visualize data and helping raise awareness around critical topics in their communities.

For the Socrata team, this weekend is a highlight of our year, as we get to share what we’re passionate about and work at every day. Last year, Socrata team members hosted and participated in events across North America — from our home bases in Seattle and Washington, D.C., to events in New York City, North Carolina, Vancouver, and Edmonton. Our team members came away with tales of innovation from across the Americas. North Carolina residents leverage open data to to analyze and visualize restaurant inspection data and bike crash data. Vancouver uses data to help citizens find open parking spaces and available soccer fields. While in Seattle, as well as talking about datasets, the community tackled some broader ethical questions about data privacy and security. Community members in our nation’s capital analyzed the myriad of museum data with IMLS and began work on creating a library of international health indicator stewards.

This year, we’re sponsoring Open Data Day DC where our passionate employees will lead breakout sessions and be available to answer open data questions throughout the weekend. We’re participating in events in many other cities including Seattle, Austin, and Raleigh-Durham. If you’re running an Open Data Day or CodeAcross event and would like our support, contact our team to learn more about how we can help!

While we can wax lyrical about the value of open data and the importance of putting it to work, because it’s our everyday mission, we thought you’d like to hear about how federal, state, and local governments are working with partners to put data to work to improve transparency, citizen-engagement, productivity, and quality of life.

Interested in learning more about Open Data Day?

You can find an Open Data Day event here and follow the day’s events using the hashtag #opendataday. You can learn more about CodeAcross here, and tell us what you’re doing by sending us a tweet @Socrata.