My 6 Key Takeaways from the Summit on Data-Smart Government

I just finished a day and a half in the company of some of the most interesting people in government, chief data officers and their performance management peers. The occasion was the first Summit on Data-Smart Government, sponsored by the Civic Analytics Network. While there were many great and interesting discussions, here is a short […]

My 8 Takeaways from the ACS Data Users Conference

As a Census data nerd, I’ve been geeking out with the rest of my tribe during each American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference. Each one has been a fun and interesting experience, with insider experiences about the challenges and opportunities in using Census data. I use this inside information for the benefit of my clients, who […]

10 Takeaways from TICTeC 2017

This was my first time coming to The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC). While I’ve worked around open data and civic technology for several years now in New York City, I only heard about it right before last years conference and didn’t know what to expect. What I experienced was a community that is not […]

Brainstorming: In Defense of Broad Participation

For almost 3 years now, I’ve been developing and facilitating brainstorming sessions for public sector clients to understand data-related problems. In that time, I’ve never seen a person who shouldn’t have been in the room or didn’t have something to contribute, but I’ve always had someone say “We should ask {insert team} about that” or […]

Chief Data Officer – Getting Started

I’ve been thinking recently about the job of a Chief Data Officer and what it would mean to come into an organization to perform this role. Whether there has been a previous CDO or not, in my experience helping government agencies get a handle on the data they collect and use, the key first task is […]

Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: Providing Government Open Data

This post is part of a series of thoughts following the 2016 International Open Data Conference and Open Cities Summit I recently attended in Madrid, Spain. See my introductory post on the conference and context for this series of posts. Pushing not Pulling A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, […]