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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

11:30am EST

Government Publication Portal and OpenRecords Roadmap with NYC's Department of Records
Overview of New York City’s Government Publications Portal (GPP) and the OpenRecords Freedom of Information Law Platforms. The presentation will provide information regarding the development and current updates to these two platforms.


Gerald Rosero

Special Assistant to the Commissioner, NYC Records

Julia Robbins

Deputy Librarian for Digital Assets, NYC Records

Ridhdhi Patel

QA Analyst, NYC Records

Saturday March 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
2-119 - (30 ppl)

11:30am EST

What do we know about the state of the internet in NYC? (Hosted by Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer))
There are approximately 1.5 million New Yorkers in households with neither a home or mobile broadband connection and another 1.9 million in households with only one of those types of connections. In January 2020, the Mayor published the first-ever New York City Internet Master Plan, built on a foundation of data gathered from federal sources, City administrative information, field observations, interviews with expert stakeholders, and more. The City now has a framework for decisions about public and private investments in new infrastructure and services to close the digital divide, promote equitable economic development, and address the unique conditions of New York’s diverse communities. In this session, you will hear from some of the experts that gathered and analyzed the data behind the Internet Master Plan. You will learn how to use that data to compare conditions in New York City neighborhoods and to inform decisions about what you can do in your community.


Josh Breitbart

New York City

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Greta Byrum

Co-Director, Digital Equity Laboratory, Community Tech New York
Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and distribute communications systems.

Yamil Lora

The Point CDC

Ariel Benjamin

HR&A Associates

Saturday March 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
1-203 - (100 ppl)

11:30am EST

Office Hours with NYC 311
Join 311’s Open Data Coordinator Chenda Fruchter to learn about 311 service request data, one of the City’s most popular datasets. Ms Chenda Fruchter will give an overview of 311’s data, answer questions, and talk about future plans.


Saturday March 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
2-118 - (14 ppl)

1:45pm EST

Office Hours with NYC Mayor's Office of Information Privacy
Join us for a lively discussion and office hours session with The Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy (MOIP) who works to protect the privacy of New Yorkers’ identifying information, while maximizing data sharing across agencies where permitted by law. In doing so, MOIP aims to increase access to and strengthen coordination of services for individuals and families, and to encourage innovative projects throughout the city that advance equity and opportunity. The Office is headed by the City’s Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), who works to strengthen and coordinate responsible citywide data-sharing practices. In collaboration with agencies, the CPO will also work to improve the way the City uses data to inform fair, equitable policies and best practices.


Kahini Ranade

Mayor's Office of Information Privacy

Saturday March 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
1-205 - (42 ppl)

1:45pm EST

New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS) - Office Hours
Get the details behind the New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS): 10 years of neighborhood scale street-level air quality data that is funded by the city council. There may be no better data available to look at spatial variability of Air Pollution across NYC. Talk to the data analysts in charge of the project at NYC HEALTH to find out more about the data collection, how we analyze it, what it can be used for, what are some pitfalls to avoid when using it, what data products are available and where you can find them. Weigh in on alternative data formats! We can offer insights into how NYCCAS data can help New Yorkers interested in assessing air quality of their neighborhoods through community science projects.


Sarah Johnson

Director, Air Quality Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Neighborhood air quality in NYC. Sources of air pollution.

Saturday March 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
2-118 - (14 ppl)

3:00pm EST

Demo of the Hazard History & Consequence Tool and Office Hour with NYCEM data managers
The Hazard History & Consequence Tool is a database of historic hazard events and associated consequences that impacted New York City. It serves as a central repository of when, where, and what happened in the city during past events, and helps provide a local detail on the impacts of these events. We will demonstrate this tool, describe how it was created, and provide data samples for participants to work with. We would like to hear from the audience about suggestions and use cases for the tool and associated datasets. We are also available to answer general questions about NYCEM’s data.


Shraddha Ramani

NYC Emergency Management

Mohamed Amin

NYC Emergency Management

Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
3-301 - (60 ppl)

3:00pm EST

NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development - Office Hours
The NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) publishes and maintains 39 data assets on the NYC Open Data Portal. Join us on Saturday, March 7th at 3 PM for an overview of the data we publish as an agency, a in-depth look at some of our more recent publications, and a lively Q+A session with you, the public!


AnnMarie Santiago

Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services, HPD

Serena McIntosh

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
2-116 - (30 ppl)

4:15pm EST

Government Data and Analysis: Balancing Innovation, Privacy, and Security
Government is under constant pressure to deliver more services with fewer resources. To achieve this goal, agencies should avail themselves of innovative approaches to using technology and data to help connect New Yorkers with the services they need in ways that responsibly promote privacy, security, and fairness. In this session, three City leaders will discuss how their offices work to encourage smarter, more efficient government while protecting New Yorkers’ data.  

Panelists will be:

- Jeff Thamkittikasem, Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations and Acting Algorithms Management and Policy Officer
- Kelly Jin, Chief Analytics Officer and Director of the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics
-Geoff Brown, Chief Information Security Officer


Annie McDonough

Tech and Policy Reporter, City & State

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Jeff Thamkittikasem

Director, Mayor's Office of Operations and Acting Algorithms Management and Policy Officer
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Kelly Jin

Chief Analytics Officer, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA)
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Geoff Brown

Chief Information Security Officer, New York City Government

Saturday March 7, 2020 4:15pm - 5:15pm EST
2-301 (220 ppl)