Open Data Ambassadors

Teach New Yorkers about Open Data!


The Open Data Ambassadors (ODA) program recruits, trains, and certifies digitally literate cohorts of volunteer ambassadors to teach about NYC Open Data across the diverse communities of New York City. By working with libraries and community organizations, Open Data Ambassadors will help to bridge data literacy gaps and promote neighborhood and issue-based dialogue. This program is a collaboration between NYC Open Data and BetaNYC.

By participating in these classes, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to gain fundamental data literacy skills and reduce barriers using Open Data. We are building our next cohort of 10-15 Ambassadors who are enthusiastic about learning and teaching Open Data in their community— that could be YOU!

Open Data Ambassadors can come from a variety of fields and backgrounds with one thing in common: a desire to empower New Yorkers to use Open Data to answer questions about their communities and address challenges they have.

Ambassadors may include librarians, educators; government, non-profit, or community-based organization staff; civic hackers, people who work with data already, or anyone with a desire to learn about and share this free public resource.

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Why become an Open Data Ambassador?


  • Help New Yorkers understand Open Data and Open Data tools, and spread the word about this valuable public resource in your community and around New York City
  • Shape the future of the ODA program by giving us feedback on materials and training as we continue to recruit and train Ambassadors
  • Become part of a community of Open Data educators and join our networking and social events to meet our teams and other Open Data Ambassadors

Open Data Ambassador Expectations


  • Participating in four, 60-90 minute online training sessions
  • Completing the ODA certification assessment, which includes delivering a mock presentation
  • Committing to delivering at least 3 community training sessions each year to New Yorkers
  • Helping identify opportunities for hosting trainings (for example, to a community group that you’re a member of)
  • Adhering to BetaNYC’s code of conduct throughout your participation in the ODA program

Open Data Ambassador Selection Criteria


Candidates will be selected from the applicant pool based on the following criteria:

  • Interest in teaching New Yorkers about Open Data
  • Basic working knowledge of data OR a strong desire to learn
  • Proven record of community engagement and teaching experience (This is optional and we encourage people without direct experience to still apply!)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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