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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference concludes NYC’s annual Open Data Week & features 60+ sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. Follow the conversation #nycSOdata on twitter and tune into our live stream (provided by the Internet Society New York Chapter).

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Saturday, March 7 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
How to build databases "with not for" — CBDB overview

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The "build with not for" philosophy has been spreading through the civic tech community for quite some time, but this philosophy tends to focus on UX design and interfaces.

This workshop will show how people can use DIY database technologies like Airtable to "build with not for" in the area of data structures.

Devin will explain how this philosophy has been applied through BetaNYC's Community Board Database (CBDB) project and how it can be used by civil servants to build custom data management systems from the bottom up and in a way that minimized institutional resistance to change.


Devin Balkind

Devin works at the intersection of the nonprofit sector, the free/libre/open-source (FLO) movement, and grassroots community organizing initiatives to help each benefit from the best practices of the others. He currently serves the president of the Sahana Software Foundation, a nonprofit... Read More →

Saturday March 7, 2020 4:15pm - 5:15pm EST
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