Join one of NYC’s leading open data advocates and learn how they disassemble an open data set!
For this workshop, you will learn how to bite into the big apple and digest one of the world’s most valuable skills — navigating and arguing with open data. The workshop will focus on the core components of a municipal data set, how to derive a data dictionary without one, and to ask a question from this dataset. Ultimately, you will argue for/against a municipal service.
Join us as we learn how to use the leading open data solutions ventor, one of the best online mapping tools, and create pivot tables to answer a handful of questions!
Participants will learn:
The core components of a dataset: unique ids, issue descriptors, and the core components to map this information.
Core features of the Socrata web tool.
Basic analytical functions like pivot tables, roll ups, and splits.
Use the above skills to answer a series of questions and make a map.
Join us as we learn the basic functions of open data and how to express them to look at problems. This workshop will cover how to map and visualize data, the core components of the Socrata web tool, and expose participants to basic analytical functions like pivot tables and roll ups.
Students should be familiar with basic web browsing, uploading a file, and simple spreadsheet functions. Students should come with a Windows, Mac, or Linux computing device. This workshop is incompatible with iOS or Android OS devices. Please have a modern web browser installed (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer are acceptable; Chrome is recommended). Any copy of Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice will be required.
About the Series
The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, cocurricular events designed to help HKS students develop real-world technology skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners, participants spend 3 hours working together and with the workshop leader to learn how to apply technical skills to impact real-word scenarios.
The series is co-sponsored by Tech PIC, a technology-focused student group at Harvard Kennedy School.