Triangle Open Data Day: Uniting the Triangle through Data
by Ian Henshaw, Managing Partner of Technology Tank and Brigade Captain of Code for Cary
In February 2013, Technology Tank organized the first International Open Data Day event in North Carolina, the sixth such event in North America. Organizers expected six to 10 people but drew more than 100 registrations. That level of interest in open data in the Triangle prompted us to create a much larger event – Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) 2014.
On February 22-23, 2014, over 300 designers, developers, data analysts and citizens will convene for TODD at the Engineering Building II on the NCSU Centennial Campus. Registration is expected to sell out and currently 60 percent of the registrants are developers and data analysts.These civically active participants will help our municipalities identify data sets and develop projects for the benefit of the Triangle municipalities and citizens. The Triangle municipalities have been invited to submit data sets for the event and pitch ideas for the teams to work on during the hackathon. The data will be hosted on Socrata on the Code for Cary Community Portal.
TODD will have both an education and a hacker track on Saturday as well as a weekend long hackathon. The education track is a series of sessions geared toward the general public and anyone with an interest in the flourishing Open Data movement in the Triangle. Topics may include:
- What is Open Data
- Examples of Open Data
- What you can do with Open Data
- The Importance of Maps
- Privacy Issues
- Triangle Code for America Brigades
The hacker track is a series of hands-on workshops of tools geared toward designers and developers, including database, visualization, and more.
The three Code for America Brigades — Code for Raleigh, Code for Cary, and Code for Durham — will be participating in CodeAcross 2014 in conjunction with TODD with an Open Data Catalog project. The brigades will catalog the sixteen datasets that every city should make easily available online in machine-readable formats. The project will attempt to catalog the datasets across all the municipalities in the Triangle region.
To follow this event on social media, check out the below links and hashtags: