The GovLab Celebrates Open Data Day and NYC Open Data Week



Open Data Day

Today marks the return of Open Data Day, a worldwide moment to showcase, share and celebrate the many advances we’ve made in open data — and to look ahead to inroads and innovations on the horizon. In celebration of this annual occasion, The GovLab has compiled its open data resources in a compendium, including GovLab case studies, reports and papers.

Open Data is no longer the exclusive province of data scientists or data analysts. The first Saturday in March has become an important bookmark in a larger movement championed by actors representing a wide array of sectors and geographies. Open Data Day is also an opportunity to “encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.”

More than 350 local events are scheduled to take place today in cities and communities across six continents. For this seventh annual celebration, Open Data Day organizers decided to focus on the four areas they believe open data can solve: open research data, tracking public money flows, open mapping, and data for equal development.

NYC Open Data Week

Saturday, March 3, 2018 is also the start of NYC Open Data Week, now in its second year. A collaboration between NYC Open Data, BetaNYC and an engaged community of data and civic tech representatives, NYC Open Data Week will include over 30 events, from March 3-10, 2018.

New York City has released more than 2,000 datasets, but the universe of individuals and businesses accessing the City’s open data has not grown as quickly. Thus, a key focus of the week-long celebration is boosting the awareness and understanding of open data.

Most NYC Open Data Week events are free and open to public, including a unique panel discussion organized by The GovLab and Reboot, with support from Reaktor. “If You Build It, Will They Come? A Case for Demand-Driven Open Data” will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and explore the actual and potential demand for open data.


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