Open Data NJ

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The NJ News Commons and Hack Jersey are proud to present an Open Data NJ summit on May 15, 2014, to get journalists, government officials, watchdogs and citizen activists to work together to make data about the state universally accessible.

We’ll be listening to leaders in the field of open data, discovering efforts in NJ to make government data more accessible and learning best practices for both collecting and publishing public data. Government officials will learn how to safely manage the process of sharing data, what can go wrong when it isn’t shared, and be exposed to new tools and technologies for public engagement such as CKAN, eSCRIBE, Socrata and data.gov.

We’ll also discover what happens when journalists have to fight for timely and appropriate release of information as North Jersey Media’s Jennifer Borg discusses her company’s recent lawsuit against the Office of the Governor and Paul D’Ambrosio talks about the Asbury Park Press’s successful lawsuit against Raritan Borough for not providing public records in electronic formats. That battle may end up costs Raritan Borough $542,000.

Open Data NJConfirmed speakers include Waldo Jaquith, founder of the brand-new U.S. Open Data Institute; Mark Headd, now Technical Evangelist for Accela, Inc. and until April, chief data officer for the city of Philadelphia; Jennifer Borg, general counsel, North Jersey Media Group; Seth Wainer, senior technology policy advisor, Newark; Paul D’Ambrosio, content director for news and investigations at the Asbury Park Press; Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director at Bloustein Local Government Research Center; Mark Magyar, co-founder of Community Informatics Inc. and a reporter for NJ Spotlight; Tom Meagher, data editor at Digital First Media; Heather Taylor, communications director at The Citizens Campaign; Anna Lukasiak, co-organizer of Open Jersey City, Ben Lesser, investigative journalism consultant for the NJ News Commons and co-founder of True Politics and Lauren Skowronski, resiliency director for Sustainable Jersey.

Journalists and watchdog groups will also learn where to find public databases in NJ and get a lesson in basic data mapping. Continuing education credits for municipal employees through the Division of Local Government Services:
DLGS CEUs Available:
RMC 6 = 3 Rec, 1 PD, 2 IT;
CMFO/CCFO 3 = 1 Office, 2 IT;
CTC 3 = 1 Gen, 2 IT;
CPWM 3 = 1 Gov, 2 IT;
QPA 3 = 1 Office, 2 IT
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The Open Data NJ summit will take place on Thursday, May 15 at Montclair State University, University Hall Room 1070. Registration is free. Parking is in the Red Hawk Deck. Event is in University Hall. Map of both locations.Sign up below.

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