Catalyzing Civic Innovation/Data webinar


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ZeroDivide and the National Civic League presented this free webinar on how local governments and nonprofits can make use of data to advance civic engagement and community participation.

The session was convened on the occasion of the publishing of the 100th Anniversary issue of the National Civic Review, which contains the article "Re-imagining government in the digital age." (see )

The webinar featured Jay Nath, Director of Innovation for the City and County of San Francisco, and Damian Thorman, National Program Director at The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Thorman is the project lead on Apps for Communities - a joint initiative of the Foundation and t he Federal Communications Commission.

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Catalyzing Civic Innovation/Data webinar

  1. 1. Catalyzing Civic Innovation:Using Data to Increase Community Engagement Thursday, November 17, 2011 Co-presented with the National Civic League Twitter hashtags: #opendata #gov2 @zerodivideorg
  2. 2. Today’s AgendaIntroduction:•  Tina Lee, Director of Innovation & Learning, ZeroDividePresentations:•  Jay Nath, Director of Innovation, City and County of S.F.•  Damian Thorman, National Program Director, Knight FoundationQuestions & Answers – 25 minutes 2
  3. 3. Open Data: What does it mean?“Data” •  Standardized •  Machine readable •  Collected in a systematic way over time 3
  4. 4. Open Data: What does it mean?Examples of government data:• Census data• Economic data• Environmental data• Health data• Transit data (planes, trains, buses) 4
  5. 5. Open Data: What does it mean?Examples of community data:• Client data (non-profit services)• User-generated data (reviews, personal behavior, etc.)• Location data (mapping, check-ins)• Financial/performance data 5
  6. 6. Open Data: What does it mean?“Open”• Freely available• Accessible• Can be used without restriction from copyright, patent law 6
  7. 7. Jay NathTitle: Director of Innovation, City & County of San FranciscoEmail: Jay.Nath@sfgov.orgTwitter: @Jay_NathWebsite: 7
  8. 8. DOD Launches GPS ‘73
  9. 9. Open Data Advocate?
  10. 10. President Obama Issues Open Gov Directive
  11. 11. Data.Gov
  12. 12. Sharing Local Data
  13. 13. Voting Patterns
  14. 14. Next Bus
  15. 15. Bike Accidents
  16. 16. Community Data
  17. 17. Today
  18. 18. How did we get here?
  19. 19. Power of Standards
  20. 20. Power of the Community 106 Tech Community 104 City Staff 102 City Innovators
  21. 21. Power of Collaboration
  22. 22. Data is a Community Asset
  23. 23. Architecture of Participation
  24. 24. Creating a new community of Civic Corps
  25. 25. Summer of Smart • Over 500 attendees • Nearly 10,000 hours of civic engagement • 26 apps and proposals
  26. 26. Damian ThormanTitle:•  National Program Director, The Knight Foundation•  Project Lead for Knight on ‘Apps for Communities’ ChallengeEmail: thorman@knightfoundation.orgTwitter: @dthorman, @communityappsWebsite: 30
  27. 27. Apps  for  Communi-es  h0p://  
  28. 28. Tech  for  Engagement  
  29. 29. Questions & AnswersPlease type your question in the “chat” box on your screen. Thank you! 33
  30. 30. Please be in touch…and thank you!Tina 34
  31. 31. On the Web: On Twitter: @zerodivideorg