How Can Open Data Improve Our Community?
CodeAcross BTV is a hands-on event focused on leveraging open data for community benefit. Participants will use open data as a tool to address real-world issues and opportunities in their communities.
Open data is data that is openly available for use by third parties, often provided by a government department or agency. Open data can lead to greater transparency, more accountability, citizen participation, innovation, and improved effectiveness and efficiency.
The City of Burlington Mayor's Office recently started work on an open data portal. The State of Vermont is also working on its own open data portal. The inaugural Vermont Open Data Summit was hosted by the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) this past October, beginning a statewide discussion about open data. CodeAcross BTV is an opportunity to build on this momentum and demonstrate the value of open data in Burlington and Vermont.
Those who might be interested in participating include:
- Community members with a passion for improving their communities
- Community organizers
- Non-profits and mission-driven organizations
- Journalists and bloggers
- Civic hackers, developers, designers and makers
- Open data advocates
- Government officials and staff
Saturday will feature a workshop during which civic hackers, community members, community organizers, non-profits, urbanists and others will collaboratively explore how open data can be used to improve our community. Participants will generate and prioritize ideas, and will then further develop those ideas into concepts. Ideas could include apps, maps, infographics, visualizations and other tools used by public officials, community organizers, educators, civic professionals and others. The workshop will follow the opening plenary and will continue into the afternoon after lunch. Saturday-only registration is available for those who can only attend the workshop.