OpenPittsburgh Open House


On May 31, Pittsburgh will participate in the National Day of Civic Hacking with OpenPittsburgh’s Open House at the Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library. The day will feature a variety of activities for people at all levels of skill and experience.

Here’s the event agenda, hot off the press!

10 am: Coffee, Donuts and Introductions

10:20 am Welcome and agenda overview (Bob Gradeck, Open Pittsburgh, UCSUR)

10:25 am Why is the Library involved? (Toby Greenwalt, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)

10:35 am Neighborhood welcome, (Jerome Jackson, Operation Better Block)

10:45 am How Homewood uses Data (John Wallace, University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work)

11: 20 am Project work – U.S. Open Data Census, Property Survey Training / data collection, and more!

(Lunches available around noon)

1:30 Mayor Bill Peduto – Pittsburgh Data Forum Q&A

2:30-3 (or when the Mayor is finished) Wrap-up

We will feature several opportunities to get involved at the Open House, including:

1. Property data collection in collaboration with Operation Better Block. Use the LocalData data collection platform to gather important information about properties in the neighborhood. This data will be a big help for Operation Better Block’s planning and community improvement efforts. If you have design skills, you can also help develop training materials so this survey can be used in other neighborhoods. If you’d like to participate in this activity, please remember to charge your phone or wireless-enabled mobile device the night before. We’ll start training at approximately 11 am.

2.  Interested in open data? Help us complete the U.S. City Open Data Census to see how Pittsburgh compares to other cities. This will also be a good baseline we can use to track the progress of local open data initiatives. Please bring a laptop or tablet if you are able and plan to work on this project. The library also has computers available.

3. Participate in other projects that are in the works through OpenPittsburgh, our Code for America Brigade.

Note: your library card number is used to obtain wireless access.

Want to get involved? Contact one of your local organizers (listed below) to find out how, or check out the OpenPittsburgh Google Group, or @OpenPgh on twitter.


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