Making Data Available with Data Platforms

For our May Meetup, we are exceedingly happy to have three experts talk about a key component in any data ecosystem -- the platforms that let you manage, catalog, share, and access data via CSV or API. The tools behind portals like data.gov can be used by organizations large or small, and can be an extremely efficient way to make data available -- to other people or other systems, to the public or just within your organization.

Whether you're a producer of data that you'd like others to be able to use, or a consumer of data that others have made available, or one of the people responsible for making data more valuable, you should come and hear from our speakers. Matt Bailey will be talking about his experiences using the open-source CKAN tool to support the DC Brigade of Code for America. Marcus Louie will talk about Socrata, a commercial platform (with an open-source community edition) used by governments large and small. And Philip Ashlock will talk about DataBeam, a lightweight, open-source, and very quick to set up data platform tool he created for the GSA.

Agenda:

  • 6:30pm -- Networking, Empenadas, and Refreshments
  • 7:00pm -- Introduction
  • 7:15pm -- Presentations and discussion
  • 8:30pm -- Post presentation conversations
  • 8:45pm -- Adjourn for Data Drinks (Tonic, 22nd & G St.)

Bios:

Matt Bailey is a technology strategist at the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, and was formerly CTO of Citizen Effect, a civic engagement and fundraising nonprofit. He is also co-captain of Code for DC, a local brigade of Code for America. Matt has an MA in English from Georgetown University. He is @MattBailey0 on Twitter.

Marcus Louie is a Data Solutions Architect at Socrata, where he helps to design and sell an enterprise/government-class data platform. Previously, he worked as a product manager at Collective[i], a New York-based business analytics firm. He has a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon.

Philip Ashlock served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, working with the White House and GSA on my.usa.gov, and working with Code for America on their Commons project, helping local governments share effort and value around open data and civic technology projects. Currently, he is consulting through his company, Civic Agency. He has a BS from Western Washington University, where he studied New Media and Computer Science. He is @PhilipAshlock on Twitter.

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  • Ken

    Thanks to everyone who sponsored, organized, and/or presented.

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    Is there video of this by any chance?

    May 28, 2013

    • Harlan H.

      No, but there will be audio available soonish.

      May 29, 2013

  • Brand N.

    Are the slides available?

    May 29, 2013

    • Harlan H.

      We'll have a blog post with links to the slides probably later this week or next week. It'll be linked to from this event listing.

      3 · May 29, 2013

  • lee de c.

    data, dataviz, data science, big data...and in MD, VA, DC - i'm getting confused by all these meetups!

    May 29, 2013

    • Harlan H.

      Hah, I feel your pain! One option would be to use events.datacommunitydc.o­rg, perhaps imported into your Google or Apple or Outlook calendar, so you can easily see all relevant upcoming events. I use Google Calendar, and have set it up so the events calendar shows up as grey, so I can always see what's coming up.

      May 29, 2013

  • Carrie D.

    Thank you -- really enjoyed it.

    May 29, 2013

  • Matt B.

    Thanks again to the organizers for the chance to speak last night. For anyone interested, there is a Code for DC meetup TONIGHT. Come check it out:
    http://www.meetup.com/cfabrigade/Washington-DC/938632/

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Jonathon L.

    Any data platforms that can be extended to also have interactive dashboards?

    May 13, 2013

  • Victor R.

    Thanks for putting together a great event. It was inspiring to see how much is possible w/ these tools.

    May 28, 2013

  • Imran M.

    Good insight into public data and good presentations.

    May 28, 2013

  • Clarence D.

    What a great meet up! I learned a ton. ...once I saw the empenadas I knew it was going to be an excellent event. Thanks to the organizers and the speakers.

    May 28, 2013

  • John Mark M.

    I will be on business travel. Is there any chance we can have this recorded?

    May 23, 2013

    • M. B.

      +1, please record and post in files.

      May 27, 2013

    • Rahul M.

      A recording would be very nice...

      May 28, 2013

  • Marvin Ward J.

    Last minute work blitz! Hopefully someone can still get my spot.

    May 28, 2013

  • Eric F.

    I hope to be able to attend the next one.

    May 28, 2013

  • Nevin H.

    Meeting conflict, sadly

    May 28, 2013

  • Robert D.

    I'm looking forward to the meetup tonight. See you all there!

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Abhijit

    Daughter's birthday takes precedence

    May 27, 2013

  • John Mark M.

    I will be on business travel. Is there any chance we can have this recorded?

    May 23, 2013

  • John Mark M.

    I will be on business travel. Is there any chance we can have this recorded?

    May 23, 2013

  • Matt B.

    I'm really excited to present. Find me on twitter if you have questions or topics you'd especially like us to touch on!

    May 14, 2013

  • Ram

    I am a Java Developer and looking for a career in big data platform

    May 14, 2013

  • Jonathon L.

    Holy smokes I've been eyeing CKAN for a few months and can't wait to have some time to test it out. Looking forward to this!

    May 13, 2013

  • lee de c.

    i'm interested in how R can be used to access online data...

    May 9, 2013

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