The potential of open data relies on our ability to use it to create a positive impact in our society. In this session, we will explore how different groups outside of government make use of open data in both the European Union and New York City
The session will feature a presentation of the research project and first volume of the European Union’s Use Case Observatory. This project features examples of how open data has been used by organizations across Europe – including uses to advance health and wellness, social services, environment and planning, and government operation.
Two NYC-based groups will also share how they use open data: the Citizen’s Committee for Children, an organization that works with social services data in order to advance well-being, equity and justice for all New York’s children, and JustFix, a non-profit that builds free tools for tenants to exercise their rights to a livable home using housing data.
Two EU-based groups will then share their open data initiatives: Integreat, an online multilingual platform and app that facilitates the integration of migrants and refugees in Germany, and Medicatio, a French start-up for business which gathers information on over 400 medicines to improve understanding and proper use for all.
Following these presentations, the speakers will engage in a panel discussion on the key aspects of working with open data from both a NYC and EU perspective. The panel will touch upon the role of public entities and private organizations in opening up data as well as the importance of data quality requirements. The session will conclude with a Q&A session open to the audience.