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.

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Civic trust is vital for people to engage with the institutions and community around them. Yet, there is no consensus on how to establish it or how to measure it. Can open data be used to both establish and understand civic trust?

In collaboration with the NYC Civic Engagement Commission, The GovLab and the Center for Urban Science + Progress are hosting a workshop during NYC Open Data Week that begins a conversation on these issues.

The event will begin with a short panel discussion on the current landscape of open data and local civic trust with officials representing the New York City government, civil society groups, and data practitioners. Speakers will include:

  • Stefaan Verhulst, The GovLab
  • Randy Plemel, Expedition Works
  • Alli Finn and Maia Woluchem, Surveillance Resistance Labs
  • Oscar Romero, NYC Civic Engagement Commission
  • Betsy MacLean, NYC Chief Engagement Officer

After this panel discussion on the current landscape of open data and local civic trust with officials representing the New York City government, civil society groups, and data practitioners, attendees will breakout into mini “civic assemblies” where they will have a chance to discuss and come up with ways that data might be used to inform or enable this work in line with a general Civic Trust Data Standard.

Key questions undergird the interactive session:

How do you measure civic trust?
What data sets, tools and methodologies are required?
What types of policy considerations and recommendations are needed in order to achieve the connections between open data and civic trust?

Light bites will be served at an after-hours mixer at Circa Brewery Drink tickets will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This session presents successes and challenges of academic research collaborations with government, from innovative data science to building products. A set of presenters from government and academia will discuss: How do we move from academic research to having tangible impact and building sustainable things with the government? How does Open Data facilitate collaborations between academia and government?
We’ll have a panel of leaders and practitioners across government/academia, as well as a couple of presentations.