ODI Registered Trainer Mark

Registered ODI Trainer in NC

Cary, NC – There is now an Open Data Institute (ODI) registered trainer in North Carolina. Ian Henshaw from The Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI-NC) was recently recognized and provided with the ODI Registered Trainer mark.

About ODI Training

The ODI offers the most comprehensive open data training in the world. Our interactive and practical courses are delivered by experts with significant experience working with open data.

Most of the ODI training classes are held in London, but the ODI-NC is building a training program to support the US market with courses that have been adapted to suit the legal and practical issues in America.

About the ODI

The ODI was cofounded by the creator of the Web and overall Director of the W3C, Tim Berners-Lee. Sir Tim has stated that “Open data and a change of mindset is the next step in the internet revolution.”

The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

ODI Registered Trainer - Ian Henshaw

Triangle Open Data Day - Picture by Reid Serozi

Triangle Open Data Day 2015

Raleigh, NC – Registration for Triangle Open Data Day 2015 (TODD) is open and tickets are going fast. We sold out last year and are expecting another sell-out crowd this year. We will be in the same location as last year at the Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus which proved to be a great place to hold the event.

Triangle Open Data Day LogoThis year we will be putting more focus on the hackathon and will be identifying mentors that can help you start and rapidly progress on an open data project of your own interest. We are looking for mentors with programming, start-ups, data analysis and open data skills to help us out at the event.

For some of you this is a warm up for the NC Datapalooza competition to be held later in the year, so come out and figure out what sort of winning project you can start working on for that competition.

Our keynote speakers are the Durham CIO team of Kerry Goode and Greg Marrow who will be informing us of the different direction that Durham is taking over many other US cities in their upcoming open data program.

This year you will also be able to interact with the Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC), the local affiliate of the Open Data Institute co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the Web and the overall director of the W3C. Sir Tim states that “Open data and a change of mindset is the next step in the internet revolution”.

The Triangle Code for America Brigades will also be participating in CodeAcross during TODD 2015.

TODD 2015 Details

  • What: Triangle Open Data Day 2015
  • Where: NCSU Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
  • Why: A gathering of citizens in the Triangle to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.
  • Registration Site

Previous Tech Tank Articles on TODD

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Code for America in NC 2015

Research Triangle, NC – 2014 was a very busy year in NC for the Code for America Brigades. In 2015, NC will continue to have a large percentage of the Code for America activities in the US.

NC Cities with Code for America Brigades 

Check out the brigade websites to see all of the cool projects that are being worked on. The best thing is that the projects are all open source and open data so they can be reused in other cities or expanded to regional efforts.

In the Triangle, the brigades take turns hosting big hack events including Triangle Open Data Day, CityCamp NC and Hack Duke while also supporting many other events during the year.

What is Code for America?

Code for America is a 501(c)3 non-profit that envisions a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century.

Our programs change how we participate in government by:

  • connecting citizens and governments to design better services,
  • encouraging low-risk settings for innovation; and,
  • supporting a competitive civic tech marketplace.

What is a Code for America Brigade?

The Brigade network is an ongoing effort to deploy, maintain and sustain civic technology and open data infrastructures. Each Brigade is comprised of local volunteers and government employees who connect for regular hack nights, discussions and app development.

How Do I Get Involved?

Code for America is an open group and all can join. We need a diverse voice to be effective. Please join your local Meetup Group:

If you don’t live in any of these areas, please contact Ian Henshaw, Brigade Captain for Code for Cary and Managing Partner of Tech Tank, and he will get you connected!

Previous Tech Tank Articles on Code for America

All Things Open 2014

All Things Open 2014

Raleigh, NC – The world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers will gather on October 22-23 in Raleigh, NC for the second annual All Things Open conference, presented by IT-oLogy and OpenSource.com. Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials and networking opportunities will be presented on the most important topics in open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise. More than 90% of all companies use open source and open technology.

The 2013 event was attended by more than 750 people from 25 states and 3 countries. More than
1,000 are expected in 2014, including nearly every leading technology company in the U.S.

New for 2014

All Things Open has added several new things for this year’s event including:

  • Hosting a Women in IT/Open Source panel on Thursday, October 23 during lunch
  • Meet-the-Speaker sessions: Some real superstars in the Open Source space will make themselves available to meet attendees and sign books.

Why Attend All Things Open:

  1. The focus is on education
  2. World-class experts and thought-leaders featured
  3. Great networking opportunity (See also Social Events)
  4. A fair price – tremendous value

All Things Open Details:

  • What: All Things Open Conference
  • When: October 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • All Things Open Registration Site
  • Note Act Today! Online ticket sales end this Wednesday, October 15 at 11:59 pm EST. After Wednesday, anyone interested will need to purchase tickets at the door on October 22 or 23.

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Top 3 Teams Selected for NC Datapalooza

Raleigh, NC –  NC Datapalooza has announced the Top 3 teams making it into their 30-day accelerator. This year, NC Datapalooza is focusing on innovation through open data in the health vertical.

Top 3 Teams

Here are the teams along with a short description of their business idea.

  • LocalMedAdvisor: Our goal is to change the way patients select physicians and healthcare facilities, using Medicare billing data, insurance plan trends, customer reviews, and other data sources.
  • FreeWheeling NC: Crowdsourced bike routes based on real-time GPS/rider feedback in order to influence public policy, aid users with optimal results, and promote biking as transportation.
  • Stone Soup: A platform to help those who need food, or those with food to donate, find food pantries in their area. Individuals in need can also register to get alerts when food is available. Food pantries can also register so they can keep their information up to date.

The teams now have 30 days in an accelerator with mentors provided by the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

NC Datapalooza Final Event

The final NC Datapalooza event will be on Friday, September 12th, from 9-11 A.M.  (EDT) at the Red Hat Tower in Raleigh, NC. The teams will present to a panel of judges to see which team will win the NC Datapalooza competition. Register soon for the final event as the Early bird rates end on August 31st.

NC Datapalooza Process

NC Datapalooza runs for about 6 months. Here is the schedule for 2014:

  • Open Data Bootcamp – April 24, 2014
  • DataJam Open Data Startup Weekend – May 16-18, 2014
  • Team Pitches – August 11, 2014
  • Accelerator for Top 3 teams – August/September
  • Final Event – September 12, 2014

Previous Articles on NC Datapalooza

Disclosure: As CEO for the Open Data Institute of North Carolina, I am a judge for the final presentations on September 12. While I have been active as an organizer of NC Datapalooza and lead the efforts of our Data Tiger Team, I have not seen any progress of the teams since the DataJam Startup Weekend in May.

BaleFire Global Joins the Open Data 500

BaleFire Global Joins the Open Data 500

Raleigh, NC – Local start-up Balefire Global has joined the GovLab Open Data 500.

What is the Open Data 500

The Open Data 500 is the first comprehensive study of U.S. companies that use open government data to generate new business and develop new products and services. Open Data is free, public data that can be used to launch commercial and nonprofit ventures, do research, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems.

BaleFire Global joins 4 other NC based companies in the Open Data 500

Who is BaleFire Global?

BaleFire Global provides training, civic engagement and client success to NGOs and governments around the world. As an Open Data Institute Node we provide open data thought leadership and strategy as well as implementation and custom design. Our goal is to build a citizen experience the leads to transparency and positive economic impact using your open government data.

2014 NC DataPalooza Last Chance to Register is June 16

Last Chance to Enter NC DataPalooza

Raleigh, NC – You have until June 16th to enter a team in the NC DataPalooza competition. You may have heard about the Startup Weekend associated with DataPalooza? That was not the last chance to participate this year! NC DataPalooza is still looking for additional team participation. If you have a great business idea related to health and open data, please submit it!

How do I Register?

  • All entries are due by JUNE 16th.
  • Submit your idea using this Google Entry Form
  • Remember – “Health”, “Open Data” and the deadline of June 16!

More NC Datapalooza Details

  • HQ Raleigh, (310 S. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC) will host an open work session on JUNE 26th from 6-8pm
  • Additional mentoring sessions with the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and data experts will take place during the summer.
  • Each team will be paired with coaches following the June 16th submission deadline.
  • Win up to $3,000 at the final pitch event!
  • The final NC DataPalooza pitch event is tentatively set for the morning of Friday, September 12th. Location and registration details coming soon.

NC Datapalooza History

ODI NC Friday Lunchtime Lectures

ODI NC Friday Lunchtime Lecture Series

Raleigh, NC – Friday lunchtime in Raleigh is about to get more interesting.

The Open Data Institute of North Carolina will be running a series of free lunch and learns so that you can find out more about open data.

You bring your lunch, we provide an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

Course Schedule

About The ODI NC

The Open Data Institute is catalyzing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

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We Need a New Data License

Cary, NC – I am in Ireland for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) European Summit. Today as I was attending the Civil Society Day that precedes the summit and was listening to people talking about privacy issues, something crystallized in my mind that had been percolating for a while – we need a new data license.

As the CEO for the Open Data Institute node in North Carolina, our mission is to evangelize open and unfettered access to data, more specifically Open Data. Open Data is defined as data that is machine readable in a non-proprietary format, is easy to access, use and reuse without license at no cost to the user. Open Data does not contain any personally identifiable information (PII), confidential information or information of a security nature.

Personal Data and Privacy Concerns

But what about all this government data (and other data) that is available when requested as a public record via something like a FOIA request? This data can and does contain PII in many cases. How do we protect people from the release of this information in bulk? A good example of this sort of problem is the “Westchester Gun Map” that was published soon after the tragedy at Sandy Hook in the states. The PII in the gun registry was a public record, but the release of this information in bulk created so many unintended consequences and violations of privacy!

Proposed New Data License

Here is the solution that I am thinking of. It is not perfect and will need much input before it is ready to be finalized and applied.

We need a restricted data license for public records that include PII. The license will state that the receiver of the records can perform analysis on the data and can publish aggregated or anonymized information from the data, but cannot release the original data set to any other people. The receiver of the data set is liable for any harm caused by the release of the copy of the data set they have received. Also if the PII data is used to approve or deny service of any kind to any person, the provider of that service is required to disclose the PII data they used in their decision to that person.

This restricted data license would go a long way to easing the privacy concerns people have about the use and misuse of their personal information. The license may even solve the problem completely.

The Open Data Institute is the best organization to manage development of and certify the proper use of this envisioned new data license. Implementation of the license will need to be as a legislative action in all countries so that the license can be codified into law and become a sustainable part of our protection of privacy.

What do you think?

What do you think? We will be actively working on this new restricted data license at the open Data Institute of North Carolina and indeed also at the Open Data Institute. Let your voice be heard.

Ian Henshaw
The Open Data Institute of North Carolina

This article was originally published on the blog of the Open Data Institute of North Carolina on May 8, 2014.

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The Open Data Institute Comes to NC

Cary, NC – The Open Data Institute of London, UK has a node in North Carolina – the Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC). Local Open Data guru Jason Hare chartered the Node in October 2013 and finally convinced local entrepreneur Ian Henshaw to come on board as CEO.

What is the Open Data Institute?

The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

What is a Node of the Open Data Institute?

Each ODI Node has agreed to adopt the ODI Charter, which is a open source codification of the ODI itself, and embodies principles of open data business, publishing, communication, and collaboration.

City or Regional Nodes deliver projects, and can provide training, research, and development. …ODI North Carolina… falls into this category.

ODI NC Activities

  • ODI NC has brought the ODI Training to the US. Register today for Open Data in a Day course on May 30
  • Follow the ODI NC on Twitter – @TheODINC
  • Follow the activities of the ODI NC on their blog.