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​Go Code Colorado
​and the evolution of the
​Data Liaison
​
​Margaret Spyker
​Xentity Corporation
• 900 participants across all events
• 5 locations for Challenge Weekend
• 31 Challenge Weekend teams
• 42 mentors during ...
APPS AND APPLICATIONS – ALL START WITH DATA
Infographic courtesy of DataSF
THE SECRET TO SUCCESSFUL USE OF DATA IS DATA COMBINATION
• Successful Open Data Apps, Strategic Planning, and Metrics Dash...
​Mechanism for Feedback
Don’t wait for perfection to publish – utilize
user input to stimulate positive improvements
Users...
The Data Liaison
Government data stewards and
secondary end users of data
often live in very different worlds,
without com...
• Metrics of a Quality Data Portal
The Experience of the Data User
Principals of a Quality Data Catalog:
• Centralized – o...
The Experience of the Data User
• What Happens When You Search a Cluttered Data Catalog
HOW TO COMBINE DATA – STEP 1: FIND DATA
• The Colorado Information Marketplace data.colorado.gov
• How you browse the data matters
The Experience of the Data User – STEP 2: FIND DATA
(THIS IS INTENTIONAL FOR COMEDIC EFF...
WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK:
THE STUFF YOU WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLY – “WHAT IS IT?”
• Go Code Colorado Brand of Data = good m...
WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK:
THE STUFF YOU WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLY – “WHAT’S IN IT?”
• Go Code Colorado Brand of Data = good...
WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK:
THE STUFF YOU WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLY – “WHEN IS IT UPDATED?”
• Go Code Colorado Brand of Data ...
WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK:
THE STUFF YOU WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLY – “HOW WAS IT MADE?”
• Go Code Colorado Brand of Data = g...
WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK:
THE README FOR APIS ON CIM
• ‘I need the specs for my API – Stat!’
• Good thing it’s right ther...
​Why Metadata Doesn’t Suck
​
​Margaret Spyker
​Xentity Corporation
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Go Code Colorado and The Data Liaison

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Government data stewards and secondary end users of data often live in very different worlds, without common language or context for each other’s needs and desires.
Having staff that’s positioned between the two worlds, that also knows enough about each party’s needs and desires, is critical to bridging the gap.

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Go Code Colorado and The Data Liaison

  1. 1. ​Go Code Colorado ​and the evolution of the ​Data Liaison ​ ​Margaret Spyker ​Xentity Corporation
  2. 2. • 900 participants across all events • 5 locations for Challenge Weekend • 31 Challenge Weekend teams • 42 mentors during Mentor Weekend • $25,000 each to top 3 teams • 176 datasets published GO CODE COLORADO - QUICK STATS @elainemarino @GoCodeColorado @webmapacademy
  3. 3. APPS AND APPLICATIONS – ALL START WITH DATA Infographic courtesy of DataSF
  4. 4. THE SECRET TO SUCCESSFUL USE OF DATA IS DATA COMBINATION • Successful Open Data Apps, Strategic Planning, and Metrics Dashboards use Data *in Combination* “GOOD” Data identified as being most useful and combining well with other data based on needs identified by the users
  5. 5. ​Mechanism for Feedback Don’t wait for perfection to publish – utilize user input to stimulate positive improvements Users are the best candidates for data improvement Keeps data Accurate and Reliable via Data Curation and Maintenance Automation Have analysts on-staff and available to help with Data Interpretation and Good Metadata – Data Liaisons! DATA IS AWAYS IN BETA! FEEDBACK LOOP
  6. 6. The Data Liaison Government data stewards and secondary end users of data often live in very different worlds, without common language or context for each other’s needs and desires. Having staff that’s positioned between the two worlds, that also knows enough about each party’s needs and desires, is critical to bridging the gap.
  7. 7. • Metrics of a Quality Data Portal The Experience of the Data User Principals of a Quality Data Catalog: • Centralized – one stop shop • Predictable – automated updates • Easily Discoverable – clear documentation • No Redundancy – publish once, utilize keywords • Quality not Quantity – measure in the value of the data not the overall count or bytes
  8. 8. The Experience of the Data User • What Happens When You Search a Cluttered Data Catalog
  9. 9. HOW TO COMBINE DATA – STEP 1: FIND DATA • The Colorado Information Marketplace data.colorado.gov
  10. 10. • How you browse the data matters The Experience of the Data User – STEP 2: FIND DATA (THIS IS INTENTIONAL FOR COMEDIC EFFECT) Looking For Data You need to know: • What is it? • What’s in it? • When is it updated? • How was it made?
  11. 11. WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK: THE STUFF YOU WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLY – “WHAT IS IT?” • Go Code Colorado Brand of Data = good metadata
  12. 12. WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK: THE STUFF YOU WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLY – “WHAT’S IN IT?” • Go Code Colorado Brand of Data = good metadata
  13. 13. WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK: THE STUFF YOU WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLY – “WHEN IS IT UPDATED?” • Go Code Colorado Brand of Data = good metadata
  14. 14. WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK: THE STUFF YOU WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLY – “HOW WAS IT MADE?” • Go Code Colorado Brand of Data = good metadata Data Provider Interviews Create Useful Descriptions
  15. 15. WHY METADATA DOESN’T SUCK: THE README FOR APIS ON CIM • ‘I need the specs for my API – Stat!’ • Good thing it’s right there on the Colorado Information Marketplace App Keys, Ruby Gems, Field Descriptions… oh my!
  16. 16. ​Why Metadata Doesn’t Suck ​ ​Margaret Spyker ​Xentity Corporation

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