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, […]

Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: What is 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. What is Government Open Data? A lot of the talks at the 2016 International Open […]

Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: Introduction

Attending the Open Cities Summit and the International Open Data Conference has challenged me to think more critically about open data and the issues that surround the free release of information. My perspective on open data is simple: laws describe what should happen and data describes what did happen. We have open laws so the […]

Technology and Open Data in India

Recently I had the great honor to join a number of other distinguished Civic Hall members in meeting with a delegation of five digital infrastructure professionals visiting from India as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The title of the study tour is “Showcasing the American Technological Experience.” The group included […]

Curriculum Development Using Design Thinking

I was recently given the opportunity to develop a series of geospatial information system (GIS) classes for the New York City Department of Transportation. These classes build on the successful series of data analytics classes I’ve been teaching for NYC employees and are intended to help develop the ability of NYCDOT employees to better leverage open […]

Data-Driven Government, Part II

As I wrote about in a recent blog post, I’m interested in the idea of building and fostering a data-driven culture within government and non-profit organizations. My inspiration is the work of Carl Anderson and his book Creating a Data-Driven Organization. While I’d been intending to let these ideas ferment ahead of the NYC DCAS […]