The burgeoning open government data movement focuses largely on passive engagement: agencies publish raw data, reports, and possibly a dashboard of key metrics, to be consumed by the most interested public at their leisure. But a more active strategy of publishing and marketing your open data resources can foster similarly active interest in, and involvement with, the local political process. In this session, we'll discuss the benefits and pitfalls of encouraging greater public feedback on open data; how to work with the industry and hobbyist technical community to produce value-adding products and analyses; and how open data can interact with more traditional methods of direct public engagement, such as public meetings, community forums and surveys, to create a more participatory environment for discussion, policy, and community improvement.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. How good public engagement policy and good open data policy overlap and coexist
  2. How to leverage your local tech and community leaders to drive data use and public engagement
  3. How to encourage data engagement at all levels of technical expertise
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2:30 to 3:45 p.m. (Sessions)
Thursday, September 13, 2018
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