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Open Data Platforms and Success Use Cases

  • Apr 16, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • IBM Glendale

We just had an excellent event on March 19, when we had great presentations and lively discussion. 

Now, let us get ready for our April 16 meetup to be focused on open data platforms and use cases, as well as what has been done in the City of Los Angeles.

1) SOCRATA is the leading provider of open data platforms. Most cities including New York and San Francisco are using SOCRATA's platforms. On April 16, two managers from Socrata (Nathan and Jordan) will present their stories, their open data platforms, as well as some success cases of using open data to cut cost, to speed up processes, to engage more citizens ... to be followed with Q&As. We may discuss with them about utilizing their technologies and platforms to make our data analytics easier.

2) Mr. Ted Ross is an Assistant General Manager in the Information Technology Agency (ITA) of the City of Los Angeles. He is responsible for the Technology Solutions Bureau that covers ITA's application support teams and the data center (172 total employees).  He will speak about the efforts being done by City of Los Angeles, the objectives/benefits of open data, discuss Open Data in the context of a catalyst for data science and analysis, and then solicit input/feedback from the audience.

3) Mr. David Greene was a VP of the LA City Quality and Productivity Commission and is current Chair of the LAUSD Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity Commission. He will talk and lead a discussion about what LA City and LAUSD have already done in using open data, and how we may apply data science to open data to provide further assistance.

As before, Starbucks coffee and cookies will be provided. The meeting will start at 7pm sharp.

Parking along the Brand Blvd costs about $1 per hour, and you may find free parking in nearby small streets.



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  • Alex L.

    Hi Matti, thank you for promoting our LA Open Data meetup.

    Actually, I am a Big-Data Scientist at IBM that I am working on a few big data projects now. Currently, all the open data sets released by cities, even the large 311 data, is not that big. However for obtaining really great insights or to build great models, people often need to combine open data with other data like social media data so big data comes in. Let us discuss, and perhaps we should plan to organize a joint meetup on big data and open data in the near future.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • yifei s.

    Dear all,

    Here is the information for the April 24th Panel on City of Los Angeles’ Forum. Now, we are ready to run! Here is a few words on the panelists and the logistics.

    On the Logistics:

    1. We will have one session instead of two as planned earlier based on the conversation with the City Controller’s office.

    2. Location: SQ 104 (Sequoia 104). A map for the campus can be found on the link: http://www.csun.edu/csun-maps

    3. Parking can purchased on campus Info booth or machines....The building is int he middle of the campus, anyone is good. Look forward to seeing you all.

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Matti S

      Looks great! Do we have a event URL I can point people to? Thanks!

      April 22, 2014

    • yifei s.

      not yet...welcome to join us tonight

      April 24, 2014

  • Cristina R.

    Hello everyone, I am new to the group. Can attend? Any requirements? Thank you!

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Alex L.

      You are welcome!

      1 · April 21, 2014

    • Matti S

      Hi Cristina! Definitely come join us and remember to say Hi and introduce yourself to the group. Alex does a great job setting everything up and we have a lot of really good welcoming people in the group.

      April 22, 2014

  • yifei s.

    Agenda for the April 24th Panel on Open Data Initiative


    The format will be as follows.
    1. The Moderator will introduce the forum and panelists and distinguished guests (10 minutes)
    2. Each panelist will do a short presentation (about 8 minutes) about their work and perspectives related to open data initiative.
    3. The Moderator will open the floor to the audience for questions
    4. The Panelists will address the questions in an interactive way.
    5. 8:50pm, wrap up by Dr. Yifei Sun and Deputy Controller Suzy Jack.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • yifei s.

    More on the April 24th panel on Open Data at CSUN.
    Location: SQ104
    Time: 7:00-9:00pm, Thursday, April 24th.
    A. Panelists (in Alphabetical order)
    1. Behrang Abadi, Director, Department of Information System, City of Santa Monica
    2. Soheil Boroushaki, Assistant Professor of GIS, CSUN.
    3. Jeff Dickey, Code for LA
    4. Suzy Jack, Deputy Controller, City of LA
    5. Henrik Palasani-Minassians, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Director of Governmental Relationship, Tseng College at CSUN
    6. Tim Tierney, Founder, Simplelayers Inc. Ltd

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Matti S

    Thanks Alex and everyone for putting together a really great event. I really enjoyed it. I've added the Big Data Camp LA URL below, and as I mentioned we are hoping with a little bit of sponsorship we can make it a free event for everyone to attend. Also, I want to see if we can have some Open Data representation at SCALE 13x ( Should be in Feb 2015 ), perhaps a presentation and a evening BOF ( round table talk )? Maybe we can get various local city representatives to join us? Here's the link to SCALE 12x, and note we had a great keynote presentation by Lessig which is available to watch. http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale12x
    ( Perhaps one day maybe we can get an Open Data keynote presentation? I really think this will become very important to governance. )

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Alex L.

      Hi Matti, let us find time to discuss your SCALE and our participation, perhaps on our next meetup of May 21. Alex

      April 18, 2014

  • Vigen I.

    The meetup was great.
    Thanks

    April 18, 2014

  • Matti S

    FYI - just noticed this on Sat April 5th: "In addition to many company booths and workshops, we’re now working with LA City Controller Ron Galperin, Code for Los Angeles, Community Hack Night, The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup, and LAPHP Meetup groups to help build out the city’s open data initiative. "

    http://ow.ly/uLjMS
    http://www.meetup.com/laphpdev/events/173601042/

    ( Alex, if you would like to come to a LA PHP meetup and introduce yourself and talk a bit about Open Data and this Open Data meetup group that would really nice. )

    March 27, 2014

    • yifei s.

      Matti, I would like to join the meeting as well...How should approach it?

      April 18, 2014

  • yifei s.

    Sorry: missed the meeting...Just got back from the east after two week's trip

    April 18, 2014

  • Matti S

    Hi - I mentioned us at the 1st Big Data LA meetup we had today. Hopefully we will see a few people from tonight join us at the Open Data meetup. I would love to see the various groups help each other out. Also note, if there is any Big Data related topics Open Data members are interested in presenting, or just connecting with others about, we are currently putting together Big Data Camp LA for June[masked] ( iirc ) at Direct TV, and welcome anyone from this meetup to discuss Open Big Data at any of the Big Data meetups we run in LA.

    March 26, 2014

  • xiwu

    Great presentations from many experienced professionals, very informative. Thanks, Alex.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jimmy K.

    Great setup. A lot of interaction

    1 · April 16, 2014

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