Open Data

Open-Data – Using data to work for your nonprofit organization – TechClub Feb 3rd, 2015

Open software, Open Code, Open Source, Open Projects are just a few of the many tech opportunities available to us at little or no cost. Now comes Open Data, just what is that all about? By definition, Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.

Open-Data with Sean McDonald

Collage Sean McDonald Bitwater Farms Feb 2015We will start with a Google+ Hangout between our club and Sean McDonald. Sean will share his insights and help us toward a better understanding of using data that is available to us as non-profit organizations.

Sean is currently the President of Bitwater Farms, a startup in Napa County, CA. The company develops hardware and software for data collection and analysis of crops that consume little or no water: the crop they’re focusing on first is crickets to use as chicken feed.

Until 2014, Sean worked as a “Data Storyteller” consulting startups on data visualization and developing internationally touring art projects for brands like Univision and Coca-Cola. His first startup, Sweet Spot, mapped 85 million professional relationships in American markets and visualized those relationships, creating over ten thousand visualizations and partnering with the only not-for-profit member of the Fortune 500, Thrivent.

Sean is recognized as a pioneer in Open Data and Data Visualization work. It has been featured in many publications, including Huffington Post, Fast Company. Two of his visualizations appear in the book Visual Complexity, the definitive work on network visualization. Sean and Will DeKrey were 2012 winners of The Knight Foundation’s Civic Data Challenge for using the open data from government sources to provide a detailed look at whether or not GDP is a sufficient measure and predictor of community well-being and outcomes in a number of areas.

Sean worked as a consultant for a boutique philanthropic consulting firm and for the not-for-profit lobby, The Children’s Defense Fund. He is the former Co-Chair of the board of The Bob Moog Foundation, a nonprofit that uses music to teach science and is currently on the advisory board of HATCH, an international mentorship network, funded through a partnership with Intel. He will share his insights and help us toward a better understanding of using data that is available to us as non-profit organizations.

Following Sean’s presentation:

Review and exploration of Open Data resources with Birgit Pauli-Haack.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples, FL  (map)
(West side entrance – across Immokalee Road from Sams – park by the bus)

 Meeting Agenda

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for an evening of fellowship, support, networking and information. As always, the event is free of charge but RSVP is requested (as we need to know how much food and soft drinks we need to bring:-) 

Hosted by:  Birgit Pauli-Haack, NFN4Good and James McDonald, Consultant.

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