Open Data Week FAQ

 

Last Updated: December 5, 2019

This is a living document, compiling the FAQs we’ve received from organizers and individuals interested in learning more about how to get involved in Open Data Week and NYC School of Data 2020. Check it out periodically for updated information. We also encourage you to watch our webinar, or just email us at team@open-data.nyc.

What is NYC Open Data?

NYC Open Data is a website that offers more than 2,000 datasets published by different City agencies for free for anyone to use. See it for yourself: www.nyc.gov/opendata. We also have a nifty video that explains Open Data! https://youtu.be/l4undH4y0Ws.

What is Open Data Week?

Open Data Week is a week-long festival celebrating New York City and the free, public data on NYC Open Data. Open Data Week 2020 will begin on Friday, February 28, with Data Through Design, an exhibit on the intersection of data and art, and conclude on Saturday, March 7, with the day-long NYC School of Data community conference. Open Data Week is organized and produced by the NYC Open Data program, BetaNYC, and the Data Through Design collective.

What is NYC School of Data?

NYC School of Data is a community technology conference that demystifies complex ideas and fosters local civic engagement. This community-driven conference is organized by BetaNYC – NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community. Check out NYC School of Data 2019 here: https://schoolofdata.nyc/ 

When should I submit my proposal for Open Data Week or NYC School of Data?

You should submit a proposal once you have a fairly strong idea of the event you want to organize for Open Data Week or NYC School of Data. However, all the details of the event DO NOT need to be finalized before submitting the proposal. All submissions should be made by December 13, 2019.

How do I submit a proposal for Open Data Week or NYC School of Data?

Submit your idea via this form by Friday, December 13. You can use this same form to submit your ideas for the NYC School of Data community conference and standalone Open Data Week events. Send any questions to: Team@open-data.nyc  

What happens after I submit an idea for Open Data Week or NYC School of Data?

The ODW 2020 team will review submissions and get back to you with any questions.

What types of organizations or companies are involved?

Open Data Week has had participants across many different sectors, including academia, non-profit organizations, private companies, civic tech organizations, think tanks, tech incubators, thought leaders, and NYC agencies. Check out our partners from Open Data Week 2019 in the “Partners” section of the Open Data Week 2019 website.

What types of events happen during Open Data Week and NYC School of Data?

In the past, Open Data Week and NYC School of Data have fostered an inspiring week of many different events. We’re looking for creative submissions – panels, workshops, demos, art installations, tours – whatever excites you about open data!  

Previous events have included:

Check out the calendar from ODW 2019 to see all of last year’s events: http://www.open-data.nyc/

How will my proposal be evaluated?

For standalone Open Data Week events we look at:

For NYC School of Data, session proposals will be curated by BetaNYC and the NYC Open Data Week team. Submissions will be evaluated on:

Does my idea proposal have to use or include a NYC Open Data dataset?

No. You’re welcome to integrate an NYC Open Data dataset into your event, but so long as your event mentions Open Data and is relevant to a broader discussion about NYC Open Data (for example, international open data, open government, or data ethics are all fair game) we’re happy to include your event concept. Discussions about data go beyond datasets, and we want to make sure Open Data Week represents that as well! That being said – if you’re interested in incorporating an NYC Open Data dataset into your event and need some guidance contact the Open Data Week 2020 Team at team@open-data.nyc 

How can I ensure that my proposal is inclusive?

Inclusivity is a core value of NYC Open Data Week and all proposals, whether for a standalone event or NYC School of Data session, will be evaluated on how well they speak to all New Yorkers.

Here are some guidelines on inclusivity borrowed from the Mozilla Festival:

Where is Open Data Week and NYC School of Data?

The location of NYC School of Data 2020 is still TBD; more details coming soon. If you have a venue and are interested in hosting NYC School of Data for 2020 please contact — Noel Hidalgo or Kate Nicholson at events@beta.nyc.

Open Data Week events can be held throughout the city and we encourage you to host an event in an outer borough. Please consider the ease of transportation to your venue location and accessibility accommodations for your attendees when selecting your venue.  If you have an event concept, but are having trouble finding a venue consider submitting your event as a part of NYC School of Data or let us know in your application, and we’ll try to match you with an event partner.

Are all events open to the public?

It’s not a requirement for your event to be open to the public, but in the spirit of Open Data, we encourage you to make your event available to anyone.

Does my event have to be free?

No. We recognize that there are costs to producing events and that you may need to charge a fee in order to cover your event’s costs. In the spirit of Open Data Week and inclusivity, we do encourage you to offer variable pricing and volunteer opportunities for those who are unable to pay as an alternative. Get in touch with the Open Data Week 2020 Team if you’d like to discuss further: team@open-data.nyc. 

Can you help me find a venue for my event?

Open Data Week events can be held throughout the city and we encourage you to host an event in an outer borough. Please consider the ease of transportation to your venue location and accessibility accommodations for your attendees when selecting your venue. If you have an event concept, but are having trouble finding a venue consider submitting your event as a part of NYC School of Data or let us know in your application, and we’ll try to match you with an event partner.

What if I have other questions?

Please ask us! Send any questions to: team@open-data.nyc  and we’ll get back to you before you can say “Open Data Week!”. We also encourage you to watch our informational webinar, recorded November 25, 2019, which covers a lot of details about NYC Open Data, BetaNYC Open Data Week, NYC School of Data, and Data Through Design.

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