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Sustainability at the Intersection of Open and Big Data

  • Feb 5, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • EcoFactor

Ian Kalin, Director of Open Data, Socrata


New sources of open data and 'My Data' are changing the landscape of Sustainability. As government organizations publish new information (e.g. public and commercial building energy consumption) and as governments push new energy data standards (e.g. Green Button Connect), businesses are provided new opportunities to engage people in order to make better decisions. This presentation will include recent use cases and lessons-learned from the front lines of open data for sustainability, and a brief overview of Socrata's Open Data API.

RSVP list to open two weeks in advance.


• 6.30 to 7:00 pm:   light refreshments

• 7:00 to 8:00 pm:   talks + QA 

• 8:00 to 8.30 pm:    Q&A

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  • Aimee B.

    Finalist for Palo Alto app challenge seeking developer (2 posts): App Developer for PA App Challenge Finalist:

    App developer needed to create a prototype for app chosen as finalist for the Palo Alto App Challenge. The goal of the app is to encourage Palo Alto residents and businesses to lower their carbon footprint. The app includes a calculator and then options to create commitments and complete actions to lower carbon emissions. There are points for actions taken and a competition involved with awards. The basic layout for the app and data are designed, assistance required for building the prototype. Specifics:
    • Deadline for prototype build is 5/31/14. This is the date for presentation by finalists
    • Prototype does not need to be a complete build of the app, but sufficient for users to interact with the app and display the basic features of the final app
    • The basic app is designed, but input from developer encouraged!

    March 23, 2014

  • Aimee B.

    • App would require an interface with a backend data base where users would be required to enter data and results displayed on app.
    • Preferably looking for developer willing to provide time initial an no cost or reduced cost for prototype build. If app is successful in challenge, we will seek funding to develop full app. It is a solid concept and should do well with a good prototype build. App is designed to be marketable to other cities. I have a background in business and have experience creating business plans, funding and running start ups. Resources and exposure to help develop the app will be available to successful finalists.
    Please feel free to contact me for any further questions on the app or requirements. Attached is the concept summary submitted for the challenge. Link to the competition website: Regards, Lisa Altieri

    March 23, 2014

  • Aimee B.

    Thanks for a great talk! For those interested in being involved in a local Open Data movement, the City of Palo Alto is having a hackathon for civic innovation apps ( The deadline for concepts is Feb. 28th. You don't have to be a Palo Alto resident to enter. Palo Alto has an open data portal, where a lot of the city's data is already available: If you don't see the data you want at that site, there's the "Suggest A Dataset" link in the list on the left. Given that the City of Palo Alto owns a full suite of City-owned utility services (electricity, gas, water, wastewater, storm drain, fiber), there's a decent amount of energy data already up there. If you have a moment, please look through the data and suggest any data sets that you believe should be up there. I just started working for Palo Alto's municipal utility last week. Let me know if I can help.

    February 26, 2014

  • Jennifer C.

    enjoyed it!

    February 9, 2014

  • Rich B.

    Very good overview of the Open Data movement.

    2 · February 5, 2014

  • David M.

    Very much enjoyed

    February 5, 2014

  • John Alexander Backus M.


    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Dee

    Hi, I am at Berkeley. Is there a carpool I can join?
    I can be picked up either from here or some other Bart station.
    I am happy to contribute to the gas money.
    Let me know. Thanks

    February 5, 2014

    • Rich B.

      I'm driving from Berkeley. Can pick up at Cal or a BART station.

      February 5, 2014

    • Dee

      Hi Johnny and Rich, I found a ride. I appreciate the kind offers though. See you at the event!

      February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will go

    February 5, 2014

  • Tamara

    Redwood City Caltrain station pickup - meet at the Starbucks inside the shopping enter. I will pickup at 630pm. Silver Prius. Phone 650 - Five 33 -697 two.

    February 5, 2014

  • Matt L.

    Anyone driving down from SF for this?

    January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      How close? Ambulatory issues. Thanks.

      1 · February 3, 2014

    • Tamara

      I can pick you up from train station at 630pm, if that helps, send me a message.

      2 · February 3, 2014

  • George J. N.

    Would love to carpool, I'm in the Oakland / Emeryville area (Mac BART)

    January 31, 2014

  • Alex M.

    looking to Carpool with people from Cupertino

    January 26, 2014

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