Data is the newest tool that cities have to understand and address their most entrenched challenges. But for data to have the biggest impact, it needs to be open and it needs to involve residents. City staff will need to incorporate resident feedback in their data-driven work, as well as support residents in using open data on projects of their own.
Involving community members in open data work can be unfamiliar, unclear, or even intimidating. How can city staff recognize these fears, understand the powerful potential of public collaboration, and cultivate that power to create a robust and enduring open data program?
Canadian nonprofit OpenNorth and the U.S.-based Sunlight Foundation Open Cities team have both created models for what engaged, collaborative data publication and use looks like. Join us for a webinar conversation on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 12-1 PM EST to learn about these approaches and how your city can use them for your own work empowering community use of open data.