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Open Data Day!

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Join us on International Open Data Day ( as we and groups across the globe find, clean, save, share, upload, analyze, and visualize government data!

First, we'll hear from Anne Neville, Director of the California Research Bureau, on the value of open data and data literacy in promoting an engaged and informed citizenry.

Then, we'll have some data challenges we need help with (details below), but we also welcome you to come with your own ideas! We may even give out some extremely (not) valuable prizes by the end of the day!

All skill sets welcome, including but not limited to programmers, designers, data analysts, policy wonks, concerned citizens, and everyone else! All you need is a desire to improve your community, state, and/or nation!


• 9:30 - Mingle, coffee

• 9:50 - Welcome

• 10:00 - Anne Neville, Director of the California Research Bureau

• 10:20 - Learn about the challenges, share your ideas

• 10:45 - Join teams, hack!

• 12:00 - Lunch

• 1:00 - Keep on hacking!

• 4:30 - Share your progress, prizes!

Challenges (so far!):

WALKSacramento Walk Audit Data: A Code for Sacramento team has created a way for WALKSacramento ( to capture, map, and share recommendations from its walk audits, which help identify community safety problems to government planners. Now WALKSacramento needs help entering all of its old data in the system. This could use some good old fashioned brute force data entry, or perhaps a portion could be done with some clever OCR work on old PDFs.

SacSOS: SacSOS ( is a way for people experiencing homelessness--or those helping them--to find information about the available services near them. The system is operational, but the team needs help locating additional service information and entering it in the system.

US City Open Data Census: Sacramento currently ranks 13th in the nation in the availability and openness of its government data according to the US City Open Data Census (, though we were once as high as 2nd. However, much of the Sacramento data in the census hasn't been updated in a few years. We need someone to scour the available data sources and update the census for us. Let's get back in the top 10!

Special thanks to our sponsor FullStack Labs for event support!