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How to Optimize Your Open Data

GovLoop Open Data Training

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

How to Optimize Your Open Data

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In a recent GovLoop Survey of 208 public-sector workers, we found that over 50% believe that "open data collaboration is mission critical or very important"

By attending this event you'll get:

  • A personal copy of GovLoop's Innovations That Matter: Optimizing Your Open Data Guide
  • 3 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits
  • A chance to ask the open data questions you want answers to

Open data is here to stay – how can you make sure your agency is making the most of it? Don’t miss out – RSVP for this training today.

His first day in office, President Obama called for a more open, participatory and transparent government. “Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government,” he wrote in his Transparency and Open Government Memorandum.

But for some agencies, the idea of opening and publicly releasing data is old news. The questions today are: how do I support my user community with the data and resources they need? How do you meet mandates effectively? What can your agency do to empower citizens and industry to build upon your data?

Please join us for GovLoop’s “How to Optimize Your Open Data” training Wednesday, 8 AM, September 16, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. This event will bring together over 100 professionals from across federal, state and local government. We will discuss the next evolution of open data and explore its promise to transform the future of the public sector.

Our speakers will also explore how you can fully optimize your open data program. You’ll learn the necessary insights and knowledge to use your data in transformative ways. Attendees will:

  • Learn how successful agencies have implemented open data programs and streamlined their data sets.
  • Hear from an interactive government panel to learn how to jumpstart your open data thinking.
  • Figure out how companies can leverage open data to create new markets and support economic growth.
  • Identify the best practices to help you overcome the technology, policy and cultural challenges of open data.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast Pastries

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Welcome Remarks

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Mike Kruger, Director of Digital Engagement, Department of Commerce

From the first Census in 1790 to the founding of the Patent Office in 1802, the Department of Commerce has been America’s leading data collection agency. One of the Department’s bureaus, NOAA collects over 20 terabytes of data per day –  nearly twice that of the entire printed collection of the United States Library of Congress. The data is everything from Doppler radar systems, to weather satellites, from tide gauges to information about ships and aircrafts. The Commerce Department’s Mike Kruger will lead the audience through the Agency’s open data framework and spread the word about their new data hub, the Trade Developer Portal. The audience will walk away with tangible examples of how they can jumpstart an open data initiative at their agency.

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Lightning Talk: Open Data in Action by Denise Flanagan, Director, Federal System Group, Information Builders 

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM

How to Datapalooza 

Did you know that the Department of Transportation hired their first ever chief data officer, Dan Morgan, as a result of their data challenge that was hosted in April? By now you have probably seen or heard of a government datapalooza or hackathon. These datapaloozas bring together an agency and the public to create an app or program based off of government’s open data sets. So far these events have been a huge success, but they do require a lot of work. So how do you know what data sets to use? How do you set up a datapalooza? How do you track the results? The panel will walk you through a successful datapalooza or data jam and help you chart your own.


- Dan Morgan, Chief Data Officer, Department of Transportation

- Beth Beck, Open Innovation Program Manager, Office of Chief Information Officer, NASA

Mike Powell, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of the Governor, State of Maryland

Rebecca Williams, Senior Engagement Liaison, Data.gov

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

Lightning Talk: Optimize your Open Data with Glenn Hess, Federal Sales Engineer, Actuate

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

Lightning Talk: Industry Insights with Kevin Shelly, Vice President of Public Sector, MarkLogic

10:25 AM - 11:00 AM

Hands On with Open Data

Openness and collaboration are pertinent in government. We will take time to work in small teams and discover how engaging with people outside government, supporting your fellow colleagues, opening up your innovation process and communicating all provide benefits that can be realized through an open approach and reliable partnerships.

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Lightning Talk: Industry Insights from Ewan Simpson, Territory Manager, Socrata

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Speaker: Dan Hoffman, Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County

Open data is happening at all levels of government. Montgomery County government is leading the charge on open data: they recently held an in-person event where they asked the community what data sets they wanted released first. Dan Hoffman, the City’s Chief Innovation Officer, will tell us how Montgomery County is hoping to jumpstart the economy by releasing the data sets.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits:

Attendees are eligible to earn up to 3.0 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

Prerequisites: Recommended government experience but not required

Advance Preparation: No advanced preparation is necessary

GovLoop is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website www.learningmarket.org.

Have questions about How to Optimize Your Open Data? Contact GovLoop Open Data Training

When & Where

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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GovLoop Open Data Training

GovLoop is the knowledge network for government with a mission to connect government to improvement. We help our 150,000+ person community through a variety of learning and development programs, such as free online trainings, research guides, in-person events, infographs, blogs and newsletters. The GovLoop community is a mix of federal, state, local and industry professionals dedicated to improving government through collaboration and engagement.

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