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.

Silver Sponsor – Red Hat

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

Red Hat is well known for their civic involvement in the community, is present in Raleigh, and very recently at the NCSU Centennial Campus.

Jason Baker from Red Hat will be presenting an education track session on Open Source v. Open Data, so we will all be able to learn the differences between these 2 different “open” movements.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Cary, NC – Triangle Open Data Day Anti-Harassment Policy.

Why do we have an official anti-harassment policy for Triangle Open Data Day events?

  • It sets expectations for behavior at the event. Simply having an anti-harassment policy can prevent harassment.
  • It encourages people to attend who have had bad experiences at other events.
  • It gives event staff/volunteers instructions on how to handle harassment quickly, with the minimum amount of disruption for the event.

Triangle Open Data Day is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of:

  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • gender identity
  • age
  • race
  • religion
  • nationality

The above is not an exhaustive list — we do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks. Event participants violating these rules may be expelled from the event, and even banned from future events at the discretion of the event organizers/management.

Harassment includes (but is not limited to):

  • offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, race, religion
  • the use or display of sexual images in public spaces
  • deliberate intimidation
  • stalking
  • harassing photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome sexual attention

​​​Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibiting partners and guest speakers are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors and speakers should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material, or otherwise create a sexualized environment in their slide decks, exhibit material, exhibit staffing, promotional items or demo material.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer or event volunteer immediately. Organizers and event volunteers may be identified by t-shirts or special badges/lanyards. Organizers will investigate the issue and take appropriate action. This may include helping participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.


  • Phone: 919-633-0055
  • Law Enforcement:
    • Emergency Dial 9-1-1
    • Non-Emergency in Durham 919-560-4600 or 919-560-4601
    • Non-Emergency in Raleigh 919-996-3335
    • Non-Emergency in Chapel Hill 919-968-2760

Though we hope that we never have to invoke this policy, we believe that having this document helps everyone think a little more about how their actions and words affect the whole community, as well as individuals in the community.

License and attribution

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. This policy is based on several other policies, including the GDG Research Triangle Anti-Harassment Policy and the Ohio LinuxFest anti-harassment policy, written by Esther Filderman and Beth Lynn Eicher, and the Con Anti-Harassment Project. Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora, Sarah Smith, and Donna Benjamin generalized the policies and added supporting material. Many members of LinuxChix, Geek Feminism and other groups contributed to this work.

Attendance Half Way!

Cary, NC – The attendance for Triangle Open Data Day has now crossed the halfway point and we are still expecting a sell out. If you know someone who is waiting to get a ticket, tell them to register now!

TODD Registration Site

Attendee Stats:Triangle Open Data Day Attendee by Type Graph

Triangle Open Data Day Attendee by City Graph

Presenting Sponsor – MetLife

Cary, NC – We are proud to announce MetLife as the Presenting Sponsor for Triangle Open Data Day. Metlife is well known for their civic involvement in the community. MetLife is making a huge investment in the Triangle with their new campus in Cary, NC, and now with Triangle Open Data Day. Their involvement in Triangle Open Data Day will add prestige to the flourishing Open Data movement in the Triangle.

On the same day in November that MetLife broke ground on their new Cary, NC campus, MetLife also ran the very successful TechJam in support of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). MetLife brought more than seventy-five technologists to the RTP headquarters to develop innovative solutions to improve the coordination of health care for U.S. military veterans. (Read more in the WSJ Article MetLife Assembles Technology Elites to Help U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Break Down Barriers to Improve Veteran Care)

Metlife Twitter Campaign for Hiring Our HeorsJust this week, MetLife ran a successful Twitter campaign in support of Hiring Our Heros.

We are thankful to have MetLife as the Presenting Sponsor of Triangle Open Data Day


Current Registration Status

Cary, NC – There are currently over 100 people signed up for Triangle Open Data Day (TODD). You can see who is coming on the EventBrite TODD registration page. Here are the graphs showing the distribution of attendee type and where they are coming from:

Triangle Open Data Day Attendee by type as of Jan 24, 2014

Triangle Open Data Day Attendee by City as of Jan 24, 2014

The distribution of attendees has changed in 10 days!  Note, we are using “ROW” to designate people coming from outside the Triangle.