Open Data for Direct Public Engagement

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
     
Conference event time: 
2:30 to 3:45 p.m. (Sessions)
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Venue: 
Sterlings 1/2/3

Telling a Data Driven Story: The Larimer County Jail Dashboard

The rising population in Larimer County has led to higher home values, more traffic and, sadly less available beds at the County Jail. Many factors play into what causes this, but lack of readily available/consumable data leads to a misinformed public, and could lead to misinformed ballot decisions come election day. We partnered with the Jail, the County's Business Intelligence Team and built a online, real-time dashboard using Angular to tell the story of what impacts the count of jail beds available.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Let the data tell the story 
  2. Discover the correct data, its current location and the steps taken to make it available via public APIs powered by SAP Hana
  3. Best use of searchable data tables, graphs and infographics to complete the narrative
     
Conference event time: 
1 to 2:15 p.m. (Sessions)
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Venue: 
Smithfield (Bridges)

Opening Keynote: Data for Action: Lessons from the field

Building a data literate culture can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Data and technology are useful tools for community economic development work, and work best with a "people first" approach. Reflecting back on changes in the Detroit area in recent years, Erica Raleigh will share lessons learned and offer a vision for the future of using data for community change.

Conference event time: 
9 to 10:30 a.m. (Opening Keynote)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Venue: 
King's Garden 4/5

Public Records: Balancing Government Transparency and Individual Privacy

The arrival of the internet and the increased ease of access for government records moved the debate around transparency away from concerns about secrecy and has in recent years seen a notable trend towards issues of privacy and security. We'll dive into how transparency has changed in the last 20 years and how governments can balance transparency with security. 

Three Key Takeaways

  1. A thorough look into how new technologies (ie, blockchain) are addressing privacy and security and what that means to government agencies at every level.
  2. Ideas on how your agency can put measures in place to keep information secure while at the same time publicly available.
  3. Real-world examples of how are addressing transparency and privacy issues right now. 
Conference event time: 
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Venue: 
Smithfield (Bridges)

Adventures in Open Data Using open data as a catalyst for management improvements and website updates

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is part of the state's Open Data Council. It is helping to seed the Open Data Portal with environmental and recreational data. The Department is trying to use the portal as a tool in data-guided management improvements. It is developing an "environmental indicators" dashboard. It is looking for opportunities to add dynamic charts and graphs to its new "alpha" website. And it is partnering with the Delaware Department of Transportation and local open data organizations to sponsor a hack-a-thon focused on combining transportation data and recreational data to help residents access and use parks, wildlife areas a state forests. This presentation will explore these initiatives and the challenges of convincing tradition-bound state employees and managers to open their processes and share their data.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Open data offers great opportunities for outreach to the public and for internal management improvements.
  2. Changing the "usual approaches" to data management and public information are key.
  3. Open data can't be an effective part of a communication strategy without working with, and learning from, non-traditional new stakeholders (read: hackers).
Conference event time: 
2:30 to 3:45 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Venue: 
Smithfield (Bridges)

Storytelling With Data

Many organizations have substantial data assets available for internal use. How can those be repurposed for citizen engagement? We'll step through a user-centered design process driven by the idea of storytelling as a foundational element in developing compelling public-facing data dashboards. We'll use real-world examples to look at what can be done and will discuss some of the gotchas often encountered in the process.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Attendees will see concrete examples of user-centered design approaches to developing data-driven storytelling web applications
  2. Attendees will develop an understanding of how to identify tradeoffs in design and development when adapting internally-focused data assets into externally focused citizen engagement dashboards
  3. Attendees will be exposed to current best practices and open-source technical toolkits for data dashboard development
Conference event time: 
1 to 2:15 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Venue: 
Ft. Pitt (Bridges)

Behind the wheel: Get the data you need to drive decisions

Driving decisions with data is important, but do you ever feel like you can’t find the keys to start the ignition? Well it’s time to rev your engine! In this session, put it in gear by thinking about how you can develop an analytics strategy to benefit your organization. Then go on a ride with Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager and Google Search Console to answer influential questions such as: Why do users visit your website; What are users doing on your website; How do users get to your website and Who are your website users. Finally, arrive at your destination thanks to a map and the keys for collecting meaningful data.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Learn how to develop an analytics strategy for getting answers to your questions.
  2. Gain a general understanding of the value and purpose of Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager and Google Search Console.
  3. Learn configuration and implementation basics for using these tools on your websites.
Conference event time: 
10:45 a.m. to noon (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Venue: 
Smithfield (Bridges)

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