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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).

To attend, you need to purchase tickets via eventbrite. Venue is fully accessible and content is all ages friendly — free, professional on-site childcare is provided for ALL participants! If you have accessibility questions or needs, please email us at < schoolofdata@beta.nyc >.

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Sadra Shahab

Pratt Center for Community Development
GIS Specialist and Planner
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Sadra Shahab is a GIS specialist + city planner at Pratt Center for Community Development. He provides GIS analysis and planning support to Pratt Center’s community planning and economic development projects. Prior to joining Pratt Center, he worked on several physical planning and preservation projects in his native country Iran. He has also served as a consultant to the Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) at Pratt and has acted as a GIS consultant to the NYC Small Business Services, and has provided GIS support to NYC Department of Transportation and the NYC Office of Emergency Management as an intern prior to joining Pratt Center.

Since 2010, Sadra has worked with other Pratt Center staff to collect and analyze spatial data in support of affordable housing, transportation equity, and industrial retention advocacy projects around New York City.

He is the creator of the city-wide free and publicly accessible "Neighborhood Data Portal", an online GIS tool which provides the public with key housing indicators and other vital neighborhood information.

Sadra is a faculty member of GCPE (Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment) where he regularly teaches GIS classes and other data workshops to Pratt graduate students and co-teaches the second year joint city planning + historic preservation studio. Sadra runs online GIS trainings which are intended to bring data literacy to the diverse universe of community based organizations and organizers around the city active in the community advocacy/grass-roots planning world.

Sadra is a co-author of “Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space” edited by Ron Shiffman and published by New Village Press 2012.

Sadra has an M.S in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development and a B.S. in City Planning and Design from Sheikh Baha’i (SHBU) University in his hometown, Isfahan, Iran.