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Saturday, March 7 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
NYCDB, what is it and how to use it, by Housing Data Coalition

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NYCDB is an open-source project of the Housing Data Coalition intended to make it easier for housing justice advocates to fight displacement in New York City.

Through this interactive workshop, you'll learn about the basics of NYC's housing-related open data by asking questions of NYCDB. You'll learn what a BBL (Borough-Block-Lot) is, and how to query NYCDB using a language called SQL. You'll also learn how to use other tools that build on NYCDB, like Who Owns What and the Displacement Alert Project (DAP) to aid you in housing research. At the end of the day, you'll have completed a NYC Housing Data Treasure Hunt and will have a better understanding of NYC's Open Data landscape.

No prior experience with open data or databases is required to attend this session.

Note: if there’s enough interest, we could actually split this session into two tracks, one of which is the workshop described above. The second track would involve contributing to the NYCDB open-source ETL tool itself and would require competency with Python, SQL, and the command-line.


Atul Varma

Lead Engineer and Tinkerer, JustFix.nyc
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Maxwell Austensen

Housing Data Coalition
I'm a member of the Steering Committee for the NYC Housing Data Coalition. I am also the Data Manager for NYU Furman Center. Pronouns: He/Him
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Noelle Francois

Founder, Heat Seek

Sam Raby

Data Lead & Engineer, JustFix.nyc

Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
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