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Unlocking and Using Public Data

Join Hacks/Hackers NYC at 7 p.m. on May 10 for presentations on finding, requesting and using public data and open data by Sarah Cohen of The New York Times, Michael Morisy of MuckRock, and Andrew Nicklin of the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications.

To attend Unlocking Public Data, RSVP today ($10, payable in advance) to Hacks/Hackers NYC.

Refund policy: Cancel at least 24 hours before the event (that is, no later than 7 p.m. May 9) to receive a full refund. We cannot issue refunds after that.


More about our speakers:

Sarah Cohen (@sarahcnyt) is a reporter and editor at The New York Times specializing in computer-assisted reporting,  mainly for enterprise and investigative projects. She previously worked as the Knight chair in computational journalism at Duke University and as a database editor at The Washington Post. She has shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and other national awards,  including the Goldsmith Prize and the IRE gold medal. Among her open records activities,  Cohen served as an expert witness before Congress on behalf of the Sunshine in Government Coalition and has taught document and data reporting,  most recently as an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She also serves as an elected member of the board of directors for Investigative Reporters.

Michael Morisy (@morisy) is co-founder of MuckRock and an award-winning journalist who has had worked featured in Business 2.0, the New England Center for Investigative Journalism, New York Daily News and many other national and local publications.

Andrew Nicklin (@technickle) is director of research and development for the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT). He focuses on innovation, mobile, and open strategies for the City of New York.



6:30 p.m.: Doors, beer & pizza courtesy of, and socializing

~7:15 p.m.: Presentations by Sarah Cohen, Michael Morisy and Andrew Nicklin followed by Q&A

~8:30 p.m.: Additional networking and socializing


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  • Tim H.

    There were lots of extra seats! Did I hear Chrys say that she would give us Sarah Cohen's presentation? It was great stuff, I'd love to have a copy

    May 11, 2013

  • Scott R. D.

    Wish I would have known there would have been extra tickets, I would have headed over. Hopefully a future meetup meets with a weekend I'm in town.

    May 11, 2013

  • Tim H.

    Good advice from Michael and Sarah and an interesting perspective from Andrew on what the government is up to.

    May 10, 2013

  • Fred L.

    Have an extra ticket (friend stuck at deadline :)!

    May 10, 2013

  • Melanie E.

    I'm unable to attend.

    May 10, 2013

  • jeanne p.

    got an extra ticket, last minute cancellation!

    May 10, 2013

  • Martha G.

    Hoping there will be some discussion of the implications of President Obama's Open Data Executive Order.

    May 10, 2013

  • Scott R. D.

    I will be visiting NYC this weekend and working in Media from Harrisburg, PA in the technology field this hit me. Very interested and hoping a spot opens up.

    May 6, 2013

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