Government Data Influencers in Action

If you’re a civil servant tasked with opening data in your agency or department, this course is for you!  In particular, if your role is connected to opening government data or you would like to educate other stakeholders responsible for its public release, we know it can be tough to see or convince others of the benefits. Never fear! This course is designed to help you:

  • Demonstrate how opening data can immediately benefit your agency
  • Address and overcome the challenges associated with opening government data
  • Start and sustain an open data program in your agency

With special funding from the Knight Foundation, we created this course based on interviews with dozens of experts from across the United States, including:

  • Brenna Berman, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago
  • Mike Flowers, Center for Urban Science and Progress
  • Matthew Gee, Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Tom Lee, Mapbox and formerly Sunlight Foundation
  • Waldo Jaquith, U.S. Open Data
  • Tim Wisniewski, City of Philadelphia

This course compliments Civic Hackers in Action, an introductory course that explains what open data is and how to get started in open data movement in your community.