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July Meetup

A lot of work to get done this time.

First thing this meetup will be a quick update on Sierra Club v Orange County and what that could mean for open data initiatives here. We will also have some time for group members to give updates on anything they are working on currently.

The rest of the meetup will be run in an unconference style. The goal will be to have several breakouts on strategic areas and develop a set of projects to work on.

Then we will come back together, present and discuss the projects, and come up with ways to get the different projects off the ground and running in August.

Tentative Agenda

  • 6:30 Welcome and overview - Brett
  • 6:35 Sierra Club v Orange County - Brett(?)
  • 6:45 Member work
    • NNIP - Eleanor
    • Socrata Use - Jamie
    • BuildHubSTL - Jon (Tentative)
    • Other info?
  • ~7:00 Propose breakouts and vote
  • 7:20 Breakout sessions
  • 7:50 Wrap up breakouts
  • 8:00 Present project proposals and create action plans

 

This may be the last strategic meetup until September, with a focus being on hack nights and project work from here on out. The August meetup would just be an update/Q&A/Help request session for the projects.

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  • Tim K.

    I'd like to circle back to that Socrata API that Jamie put those slides up about. I think the biggest hurdle we face is coordinating with the various government/service entities that currently have the data - what can we do to get more exposure with them? Any special events or meetups we could put together that would bring them together to not only foster cooperation but also to sell them on the value of having open data in our city?

    July 31, 2013

    • Eleanor

      I apologize for the "non-answer," but the best approach is going to be different depending on the governmental entity - some are receptive to the idea but have the challenge of time/technical capacity, some have concerns over "old" data being misrepresented as "official" data, some view data as a revenue source.

      July 31, 2013

    • Eleanor

      Oops - I hit "return" before I was done typing. "Quick win" apps that are appealing to local gov would help to show value. I agree that good PR is helpful; I make it a point to thank organizations that make moves toward making their data more accessible (and we all should do that - I think gov leaders are more likely to hear complaints than genuine gratitude, so gratitude is noticed). I mentioned NNIP as a resource in terms of connecting our gov leaders with gov leaders from other cities who may have already seen the benefits of open data. And we should look to strengthen our collaborations with other exisiting groups who are also interested in opening up data and maybe agree on some consistent, but context-sensitive, talking points.

      July 31, 2013

  • Chris K.

    For those interested in helping getting a web presence up and running for the group please check out the discussion on the message board.

    http://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-STL/messages/boards/thread/36714862#[masked]

    I'd like to meet sooner than later and would love to have some suggestions on where to meet. All are welcome and I know a few folks showed interest at this month's meeting.

    Let's do this!

    July 30, 2013

  • Jamie W.

    I revised the Socrata slides a bit, hopefully they'll be more useful for the meeting:

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4TJxhus_V4bc0YyOWZWeWIwUnM/edit?usp=sharing

    July 30, 2013

  • Jamie W.

    I did a bit of playing around with the Socrata API in order to explore open data trends from various cities. Perhaps we can review the slides at the meeting:

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4TJxhus_V4bcmF1cG90MjE3UVE

    2 · July 9, 2013

    • Kim B.

      Great slides, great information. I look forward to understanding it more. Liking Seattle's priorities.

      July 25, 2013

    • Jamie W.

      Thanks Kim, I'm looking forward to the meeting!

      July 30, 2013

  • Dan R.

    I just got back from being out of the country, so can't make tomorrow night, but I'd like to consider how what we at Openly Disruptive are doing can complement/support the group and vice versa. Brett or Dylan, let me know when you have a moment to chat.

    July 29, 2013

  • Steph

    Other commitment.

    July 29, 2013

  • Kim B.

    I want to introduce a collaboration I'm working on that I think the OpenDataSTL group will be integral to. What does that mean? Sensors on independent wifi nodes collecting data and crisis mapping software. Interested?

    July 24, 2013

    • Walker H.

      You lost me at "independent wifi nodes".

      July 24, 2013

    • Kim B.

      I'm bringing in the chief of independent wifi nodes operated by small solar panels with crisis mapping software and sensors attached, Ben West of GoWasabi.net. Also if you'd like to read up on it, see Open Technology Institute. They're doing a lot of work with around it in wake of Hurricane Sandy and are in Washington D.C. themselves now. It's about making cities more resilient, creating systems to fail safely vs failsafe systems. I look forward to talking about it more. Our crowdfunding campaign goes live the next day so any feedback will be great!

      July 25, 2013

  • Erin R.

    I wanted to come to this one (and the last one!) but this is the day I go out of town. Looking forward to future meetings and getting caught up!

    July 24, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    FYI: related efforts with institutional backing: https://offthecharts.eventbrite.com

    July 10, 2013

    • Eleanor

      Thanks for the link, Daniel - I just saw this comment. I am involved in Off the Charts and Open Data STL. Both efforts are of interest both to me personally and to RHCDA, the community development non-profit I work for. Tuesdays are actually not a good night for me long-term, but I shuffled my schedule for the last Open Data STL meetup and I will try to do so for this one as well. And if anyone has any questions, please get in touch with me!

      July 18, 2013

    • Eleanor

      PS: RHCDA is the local National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) partner (www.neighborhoodindicat­ors.org). The missions of NNIP and Open Data are very closely aligned as NNIP partners are concerned with the democratization of data for the benefits of communities, which includes working to make datasets available to the public, providing education, performing data analysis, etc.

      July 18, 2013

  • Ben

    Is this the next hackathon/code jam?

    July 8, 2013

    • dylan

      Nope, this is the planning meeting for Open Data STL. Monthly code jam is at codeuntildawn.com

      July 9, 2013

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