Triangle Open Data Day 2015

Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Update

Raleigh, NC – What a change a couple of weeks brings after registration for Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) was announced. We are now at 44% of the registration capacity and ticket sales are still going strong.

Here is what the distribution of registration types looks like right now (remember that these are self-selected categories):
Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Registration

Themes for TODD 2015

We will be matching the Code for America themes this year at our hackathon. These themes are:

  • Health
  • Economic Development
  • Safety & Justice

All civic and open data events this year in the Triangle will be using these same 3 themes, so you can get support and move your idea along at several different events:

Previous Articles on TODD 2015

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

Gold Sponsor – DZone

Cary, NC – We are proud and excited to announce that DZone is sponsoring Triangle Open Data Day at the Gold sponsorship level.

DZone is located in Cary, NC and is a big part of the Tech and entrepreneurial community in the Triangle.

For over 15 years, DZone has produced and published valuable content for its global audience of software developers and architects.  DZone produces and shares useful content through its resource portals feature a mix of daily news, articles, video interviews, tutorials, and reviews written by leading industry experts on topics such as HTML5MobileNoSQLBig Data, and more.  Developers have long relied on resources like DZone RefcardzDZone Snippets, and theDZone Library to stay on top of the latest tech trends.  For sharing knowlege within organizations, DZone created AnswerHub, a cloud-based enterprise knowledge sharing platform that starts with a familiar question-and-answer format and adds the best features of wikis, forums, search and social networks.

Silver Sponsor – AIS

Cary, NC – We are proud to announce that Applied Information Sciences, Inc. (AIS) is sponsoring Triangle Open Data Day at the Silver sponsorship level.

AIS is known for their civic involvement in the community. Last year AIS sponsored the inaugural International Open Data Day event in North Carolina – Cary Open Data Day 2013.

For over 30 years, Applied Information Sciences, Inc. (AIS) has provided software and systems engineering services to government agencies and Fortune 1000 companies looking to modernize their existing applications, automate business processes, gain better business insight, and create more effective workflow solutions for their employee, partner and customer experiences.

NC Datapalooza

Raleigh, NC – So have you heard about NC Datapalooza? NC Datapalooza had their initial event last year starting with DataJam in April 2013 and ending with the final Datapalooza competition in September 2013. The Datapalooza process is created to develop viable commercial enterprises that are based on the consumption of Open Data. (Disclosure, I was part of the winning team for Datapalooza 2013)

NC Datapalooza will run their next round starting on April 10th with an educational event, a first weekend team event on May 16-17 and a final competition in September 2014.

Why not get a jump on NC Datapalooza by attending Triangle Open Data Day (TODD)? You can learn about Open Data and tools to help you at the TODD education and hacker tracks. You can find out about what data sets are available as Open Data and try out your team at the TODD hackathon – you don’t have to work on the idea you are thinking of for Datapalooza…

TODD Registration Site

Representatives of NC Datapalooza will be attending TODD and will be very willing to give you more information about the Datapalooza process (or you can read about my experience here – We also had a chance to pitch to the CED Venture Conference!).

Useful Links:

Here is a data set I’m thinking about: 2 weeks ago and again this week, DOT, Raleigh, Cary, etc. had crews positioned in strategic locations so they would be on hand to treat known icy spots. We need a data set for the geolocations of known icy spots so an app could route you around them at the onset of bad weather… (maybe even get the known flooding spots as well for rainy days…)

OK, so if you were caught on the road in the Triangle today after say 2pm, all the roads were a parking lot. Makes me think of 2005, but at least the schools were closed and the kids were at home…

CodeAcross at TODD

Cary, NC – The three Code for America Brigades (Code for Raleigh, Code for Cary and Code for Durham) will be participating in CodeAcross 2014 in conjunction with Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) with an Open Data Catalog project. The brigades will catalog the sixteen datasets that every city should be making easily available online in machine-readable formats. The project will attempt to catalog the datasets across all the municipalities in the Triangle region.

16 Datasets

  • 311: data about requests to city services non-emergency department
  • Budget: the city’s budget
  • Business Listings: a directory of all businesses operating in the city
  • Business Permits and Licenses: new businesses who have been issued permits
  • Code Enforcement: building code inspection data surfacing reports on particular properties from code enforcement officials
  • Construction Permits: permits related to new construction on buildings
  • Contracts: information about vendor contracts that the city has entered into
  • Crime: data about crime reports
  • Locations of Public Facilities: locations of publicly-owned buildings and other property
  • Performance Metrics: Performance indicators are usually a set of KPIs reported as a set–not an individual file–as in Chicago or Louisville.
  • Property Assessment: data about assessed property values
  • Restaurant Inspection: reports filed by restaurant inspectors
  • Spending: data on city expenditures
  • Street Closure Permits: permits issued for street closures related to construction or maintenance
  • Transit Data: Public transit stops and schedules
  • Zoning: Zoning district or parcel shapefiles

If you don’t have a specific project you want to work on, please join the Triangle Code for America Brigades to complete this important project.

Keynote – Gail Roper

Raleigh, NC – We are honored and excited to announce that we have confirmed Gail Roper as the Keynote speaker for Triangle Open Data Day. The Keynote is scheduled for 9:00 AM (EST) on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Gail Roper Photo from City of Raleigh Website

Gail Roper. Photo from the City of Raleigh Website

Gail Roper is the Chief Information and Community Relations Officer at the City of Raleigh. Ms. Roper has experience as an IT executive, a CIO, and a C-level administrator. Previous to her service in Raleigh, Ms. Roper has held positions in the cities of Kansas City, MO and Austin, TX. Ms. Roper is a proponent of the Open Source and Open Data movements and regularly speaks to a national audience – recently at the Code for America Summit 2013 (see video below).

Ms. Roper is the Founder of the Raleigh Digital Connectors, a youth program that identifies talented young people ages 14-21 to become Digital Connectors and receive intensive training in technology and the benefits of volunteerism.

Ms. Roper has a long and distinguished CV and we are honored to have her present the Triangle Open Data Day Keynote.

Gail Roper’s Blog: The Connected CIO

Open Data Case Study

Cary, NC – What can you do with Open Data? Here is an interesting look into Health Inspection Data by Tech Tank Fellow, Jamie Dixon. Jamie asked questions like:

  • Do average restaurant ratings vary by month?
  • … by day of the month?
  • … by day of the week?

Jamie also analysed the data to see if ratings varied by inspector, and by restaurant type. There are some interesting findings which need further follow up (as Jamie admits the results may not be statistically significant).

Here are the tools used in the analysis:

  • F# for analytics
  • C# for unit testing
  • D3 for graphics

You can read all the details of how Jamie received the data and performed his analyses in Jamie’s Blog:

What Project will you work on at Triangle Open Data Day?

Milestone – 200 Registrations

Cary, NC – Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) reached an important mile stone today. We have reached 200 registrations of those who are interested in Open Data. This also means that tickets are going fast, so grab yours today so you don’t miss out on attending this important event both for Open Data and for the Triangle Tech ecosystem.

TODD Registration Site

Attendee Stats

Triangle Open Data Day Registrations by Type Graph


Triangle Open Data Day Registrations by City Graph

Bronze Sponsor – Socrata

Cary, NC – We are proud to announce that Socrata is sponsoring Triangle Open Data Day at the Bronze sponsorship level.

Socrata is known for their civic involvement in the community. The Socrata platform powers the City of Raleigh Open Data portal. Socrata also supports the efforts of Code for Cary with a Community Open Data portal.

During the ‘hacker track’, Reid Serozi from Socrata will be giving a presentation of the Socrata Open Data portal and how it can be useful for Developers during our event as well as how it can be useful to access Open Data for product and service commercialization.