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MAPC Data Day 2013: Democratizing Data to Drive Community Change

The event is free but registration is required. To register, go to http://dataday2013.eventbrite.com/

Holly St. Clair from MAPC mentioned this event at her presentation at the expo, and I thought some of you might be interested. It's during the work day so many folks may not be able to make it - including myself - but I wanted to let you know. If you do go, take good notes and give us a report out at the next Meetup.

I'll leave the Meetup RSVP open, but you need to go through their registration process to ensure a spot.

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More data are available today than ever before. In addition, new tools are making it easier to explore trends, craft powerful stories, and spur change. Learn how to access information, meet colleagues from across sectors, and get inspired to apply data to your work, all for free at Data Day 2013!


The focus of Data Day this year is Data and Story Telling. Keynote speakers from the Boston Globe’s 68 Blocks project will discuss how they utilized administrative and crowd-sourced data, maps and other visualizations, interviews with residents, and first-person observations to paint a rich, layered portrait of a year in Boston’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood.


Data Day 2013 is not just for journalists, though. Data Day will also help non-profits, civic institutions, and municipalities expand their capacity to use technology and data in innovative ways to advance their goals. Geared for data users at all levels, Data Day 2013 will include:

  • Hands-on workshops on:
    -  Census 2010 and American Community Survey data
    -  WEAVE (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment), the 
    web-based  open source data visualization software behind the
    MetroBoston DataCommon
  • Data visualization and information design best practices
  • Introductions to free and open source software for data analysis
  • New technologies and techniques for crowd-sourcing data
  • And much more!

The day will provide an excellent professional development opportunity for organizations looking to get the most from their existing resources and staff. If you are interested in presenting a workshop or poster, or have general questions about the conference, please contact Holly St. Clair at (617) 933-0717.



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  • Ira H.

    The event is full, but I've requested a spot on the waitlist

    June 15, 2013

    • Maria J.

      Hi Holly - I realize I'm bugging you literally the night before your big event, but when the craziness dies down, do you think we could get access to other videos from seminars that had webcasting option available? It was so hard to pick just 1 for each of the sessions for my virtual attendance!

      June 20, 2013

    • Holly St C.

      Hi Maria,
      Sorry for the confusion. Virtual attendees can only view sessions that are in the ball room. Let me know what workshops you were interested in. We can hold a follow up webinar if there is enough interest.

      June 21, 2013

  • Michael P. J.

    Leibiana Feliz, University of Massachusetts Boston

    June 20, 2013

  • Holly St C.

    Hi Boston Brigade,
    If you want to come to Data Day, sign up on the wait list and then shoot me an email. I will release a ticket for you.

    June 17, 2013

  • Harlan W.

    Just a reminder to everyone who signed up for this event - PLEASE make sure you register at MAPC's Eventbrite page - http://dataday2013.eventbrite.com/.

    I hear it is sold out, but that there is a waitlist.

    June 16, 2013

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