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Civic Hack Night feat. DataHaven Infographics

Can better data help improve quality of life? Mark Abraham, Executive Director of DataHaven will present some of their latest data sets and infographics about Connecticut and the Greater New Haven area, exploring how to visualize them online in more context-rich ways.

Hope to see you there!



About Civic Hack Night

Following up on the CT Civic Hackathon, this is an ongoing civic hack night, generally the last Wednesday of every month. 

• Each meetup will feature a presentation on an open data set or data analysis technique, followed by Q&A. This will begin at 6:30pm sharp.

• The remainder of the meetup will be an open format.

Pizza & beer will be served at the start. Gluten-free and vegan folks, please alert Zack ahead of time.

• Designers & non-programmers are encouraged to attend. Think infographics, data visualizations, analytical blog posts, etc.

• This is a technology/language/platform/tool-agnostic meetup. Python? Processing? Excel? Photoshop? Work with tools you know.

• Here are a few example resources:

     1. - A searchable website of datasets produced by the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, sorted by Agency and Department.
     2. - A legislature-mandated website posting Connecticut agency expenditures, including all compensation, contracts, grants, payments, and pensions.
     3. CT State Data Center (UCONN) - The state's official liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau, which seeks to develop a single portal for all socioeconomic data sets for the State of Connecticut and its municipalities.
     4. CT Crash Data Repository (UCONN) - A project of the CT Transportation Institute (CTI), creating an accurate, timely, and complete online access data query and analysis toolset for members of the traffic-safety community.
     5. CT Data Collaborative - A central portal for access to a wide range of data from federal, state, local and private sources relating to the health, well-being and economy of the residents of CT.

About Mark Abraham

Mr. Abraham is the Executive Director of DataHaven, a New Haven-based nonprofit founded in 1992 to support community action, planning, and research through data sharing and interpretation.  DataHaven is a contractor to the Connecticut Data Collaborative, a statewide public-private entity formed to improve data access within the State, and recently completed the Greater New Haven Community Index, an extensive benchmarking report. Mark has received the New Haven Environmental Justice Network's Annual Award in 2008 for coordinating the New Haven Safe Streets Coalition, and a Business New Haven Rising Stars Award in 2010. He is an avid user of SeeClickFix and Twitter (@urbandata).

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  • Zack B.

    See everyone at 6pm tonight! Even if you can't make it, we would appreciate any last minute promotional help. Please share.

    October 30, 2013

    • Zack B.

      Thanks for the shout, Matt. See you at the next one! I just heard back from the State of CT, and they're interested in presenting (or being involved). Let's grab a coffee soon.

      October 31, 2013

    • Matt Z.

      That's awesome. I had a job interview at CT Fund for Environment last week (they're near you guys). If they call me back for a second round I'll ping you to let you know when I'm in the neighborhood. Otherwise will figure some other time.

      October 31, 2013

  • Mike S.

    The presentation by the Director of Datahaven was an informative and inspiring call to action. Seeclickfix was a great host.

    1 · October 31, 2013

    • Zack B.

      Thanks for coming, Mike! Mark Abraham is a gem, I look forward to following the work DataHaven is doing. We would love to have him back at a future event.

      October 31, 2013

  • Brad A

    Incorporating exercises in different languages would be cool. Or have a mini project or demo that could be interpreted according to preferred language, like a mini API demo or something to show usability.

    2 · October 30, 2013

  • Adrianne

    Sorry, Zack - something came up. I will see everyone the next time!

    October 29, 2013

    • Zack B.

      Booo. ;)

      October 30, 2013

    • Adrianne

      No - the boooooo-ing is for Thursday! ;-)

      1 · October 30, 2013

  • Zack B.

    Open Data enthusiasts: I'm still looking to book a speaker/presenter for this next event. Let me know if you're interested! And please spread the word.

    October 9, 2013

    • Matt Z.

      Hi Zack, I think it might be interesting to have Comptroller Kevin Lembo or someone from his office speak at one of these events. He has been championing open gov't/transparency initiatives and I think it could be a good chance for them to get a little more into the weeds on the technical side of state data disclosure and the efforts they've been making. I suggest reaching out to his office directly first. Also CT Voices for Children in New Haven does policy analysis and some data work. I can reach out to Wade or Tammy and see if someone from there might have something that might be good to present.

      1 · October 17, 2013

    • Ben B.

      That would be awesome Matt!

      October 19, 2013

  • Joel M.

    This sounds like an interesting discussion, but unfortunately I'll be in Boston that night.

    October 17, 2013

  • Zack B.

    Please let me know if you're interested in speaking, whether to demonstrate a tool/technique, or to present a dataset.

    October 1, 2013

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