Chicago School of Data Days

Conference Agenda

Day 1Day 2

Friday, September 19, 2014

8:00 – 9:15 am

Breakfast/Plenary Session

Brenna Berman
Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago
Kathryn Pettit
Senior Researcher and Director, NNIP

Watch the video on YouTube


9:30 – 10:45 am

Gaps

These sessions are an opportunity to discuss some of the greatest challenges organizations faces in using data. Sessions will focus on on what Smart Chicago learned (through interviews, surveys, and informal discussions) from organizations that face the same challenges.

Session 1-1: Infrastructure

Room: Cook

Through surveys and interviews, we heard that organizations are unable to dedicate time to work with data and believe that staff lack the necessary technical skills. This session will be a chance to discuss the challenges faced and have speakers show how they included data skills & training in their organizational structure. We will also talk about the job titles and functions of the people who currently do the work. We want to drill into exactly how, under what training, and so on.

JILL YOUNG
Director of Research and Evaluation, After School Matters
MARGAUX PAGAN
Managing Strategic Director, DonorFuse
TARYN ROCH
Program Officer of Evaluation & Impact, LISC Chicago

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

Session 1-2: Affordability

Room: Illinois

Organizations are unable to afford the tools they need to use data. This session will focus on these experiences and the tools that organizations have said they want to purchase (ex:  ArcGIS, WealthEngine, etc). Then, the group-moderated session will help people talk about the specific software/features/experience they want and find ways to bridge those gaps through partnerships, open source, or other low cost alternatives.

SAMIA MALIK
Project Manager, Chatham Business Association
SPENCER COWAN
Vice President, Woodstock Institute
STEPHEN PIGOZZI
AmeriCorps & Technology Center Supervisor, Association House

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

Session 1-3: Access

Room: Chicago

We heard that organizations are not sure how to access some of the data they need. This session will focus on barriers, the type of data that organizations are looking for, where they can find it, and if they can find it from one another.

ELIZA MOELLER
Director of the Data-Practice Collaborative, University of Chicago
TRACI STANLEY
Director of Quality Assurance, Christopher House
TRACY SISKA
Executive Director, Chicago Justice Project

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes


11:00 – 12:15 pm

Sharing & Privacy

Through our discussions and surveys with organizations, we heard that there is an interest in sharing data and participating in open data initiatives. There is also an interest in understanding how similar organizations are doing.

Session 2-1: Data sharing

Room: Cook

Local government has been the focus of data sharing, but what about all of the data held by private organizations? How can we create a culture of sharing— is sharing a core value that we think should exist throughout the city?

ANDRE KELLUM
Interim Executive Director, 741 Collaborative
KATHRYN BOCANEGRA
Violence Prevention Director, Enlace Chicago
NATE INGLIS STEINFELD
Research Director, Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

Session 2-2: Privacy

Room: Illinois

Due to the nature of some data, organizations struggle with sharing. This session is tailored more to health, legal and education organizations that have limitations on sharing data and why these limitations are important. Again, how can the ecosystem make it easier for organizations to share their data?

MATTHEW ROBERTS
Informatics Project Manager, Chicago Department of Public Health
VIVIAN HESSEL
Director of Technology for Advocates, LAF
MATT BRUCE
Executive Director, Chicago Workforce Funders Alliance

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

Session 2-3: Informed Consent

Room: Chicago

This session will cover the collection of data from members of the public. Topics include Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), sensors, and other surveillance mechanisms. Is it time for there to be ethics committees for big data?

DAVID EADS
News Applications Developer, National Public Radio Visuals Team

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes


12:30 – 1:30 PM

Lunch


1:45-3:00PM

Skills

Through our discussions, we heard from organizations that the top skills organizations currently lack or need help developing include: data analysis, visualization, data management, and data preparation. We want to discuss not only resources that currently exist, but also focus on open source projects.

Session 3-1: Open source

Room: Cook

How do open source software projects work and how can organizations use them to get things done? This session will cover an introduction to the fundamentals of GitHub, how to buy and maintain URLs, and how hosting works.

DAN SINKER
Director, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews
DAN O’NEIL
Executive Director, Smart Chicago Collaborative

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

Session 3-2: Data Visualization

Room: Illinois

Overwhelmingly, we heard that organizations currently lack or need help developing data visualization and communication skills. In this session, we will talk about how to use tools and data to tell an impactful story.

BECKIE STOCCHETTI
Community Engagement Manager, Kartemquin Films
CHRIS HAGAN
Web Producer, Data, WBEZ
EMILY WITHROW
Assistant Professor at Medill, Northwestern University

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

Session 3-3: Census

Room: Chicago

This session will focus on navigating U.S. Census data by using apps developed by the federal government, as well as the homegrown Census Reporter tool. The Census Reporter simplifies finding and using data from  both the decennial census and the American Community Survey.

JOE GERMUSKA
Chief Nerd, Northwestern University Knight Lab

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes


3:15 – 4:30 PM

Accessing Data

Sometimes, the biggest barrier organizations face is accessing the data they need. We want organizations to share about their experiences accessing data, and then cover modes of access including searching and scraping, Freedom of Information Act, Memorandum of Understanding, City, County and State data portals, and simply asking in a culture of sharing.

Session 4-1: Data Acquisition

Room: Cook

We heard that sometimes the biggest barrier to using data is getting access to the data you need. This session will cover Memorandums of Understanding and data partnerships. In a culture of sharing, acquisition gets easier.

SARAH DUDA
Associate Director, Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University
SUSAN YANUN
Director of Evaluation and Accountability, Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Watch the video on YouTube

session notes

Session 4-2: Regional Data Portals

Room: Illinois

Learn about the types of datasets already available on the City, County, and State data portals and how to find what you are looking for. We will also cover how to ask for datasets that are not on the portal. We will have representatives from each unit of government to field questions.

SEAN VINCK
Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois
SIMONA ROLLINSON
Chief Information Officer, Cook County Government
DERRICK THOMAS
Director of Application Development & Management, Cook County Government
TOM SCHENK
Director of Analytics and Performance, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

Session 4-3: Searching and Scraping

Room: Chicago

This session covers modes of getting data when you do not have a partnership, the data is not readily available, or you just want it now. We will cover methods such as web searches, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and scraping to extract data.

SCOTT ROBBIN
Principal, Robbin & Co.
FERNANDO DIAZ
Managing Editor, Hoy
FOREST GREGG
Partner, DataMade
MARYAM JUDAR
Executive Director/Community Lawyer, Citizen Advocacy Center

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes


4:45 – 5:45 PM

Town Hall

Moderated by

ALAINA HARKNESS
Program Officer, Community & Economic Development, MacArthur Foundation
SUSANA VASQUEZ
Executive Director, LISC Chicago
DANIEL X. O’NEIL
Executive Director, Smart Chicago Collaborative

Watch the video here

 

Travel for Reception


6:00-9:00PM

Reception

JW MARRIOTT: BURNHAM BALLROOM
151 West Adams St, Chicago, IL  60603

Remarks by

ALAINA HARKNESS
Program Officer, Community & Economic Development, MacArthur Foundation

Saturday, September 20, 2014

8:00 – 8:45 AM

Breakfast


8:45 – 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks

TERRY MAZANY
President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Terry Mazany will speak about the importance of data in his own work in running The Chicago Community Trust and as a member of The Chicago Federal Reserve.

Watch the video here


9:30 – 10:45 AM

On-Ramps

Session 5-1: Meetups

Room: Illinois

Chicago has one of the most mature ecosystems focused on technology and skills building. This is your chance to learn about and sign up for the meetup groups and ask questions to see which are the best fit for you and your staff. Any group that works with data or technology and has membership and/ or events is welcome.

Watch the video online

session notes

Session 5-2: Tech Training/Support Collaborations

Room: Cook

Many organizations continue to stress the lack of available resources for tech training and support within their current organizational structure.  A growing trend among organizations is collaborative sharing of expenses for back office operations.  This session will explore the strategic benefits of organizational tech-based collaborations and identify funding sources that support these types of efforts.

JEAN BUTZEN
President & Founder, Mission + Strategy Consulting

Watch the video on YouTube

session notes

Session 5-3: Diversifying Competitiveness in Technology

Room: Chicago

This session will be a candid discussion of the diversity and career competition gaps that exist in technology across all industries in Chicago. In 2014, youth are still not aware of all of the technology career paths despite their high utilization of the very technology. What is the cause? Lack of resources? Lack of exposure? Lack of interest? This session will explore the timing, availability and opportunities of technology on-ramps for youth in Chicago and what it will take to influence a paradigm shift by 2018.

EMILE CAMBRY
Managing Director, BLUE1647
LAURA SANCHEZ
CEO, SWATware, LLC
SANDEE KASTRUL
President & Co-Founder, i.c. stars

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes


11:00 – 12:15 PM

Tools

Based on our surveys and interviews, we learned that the top data tools organizations have used recently include: desktop spreadsheets, online spreadsheets, Web site data analysis tools, online surveys, proprietary CRM/Database Tools.

Session 6-1: Cleaning Data

Room: Cook

Through our surveys and interviews, we heard that most organizations collect data in desktop or online spreadsheets. We also learned that a lot of data is collected by using surveys. This session will focus on tools and methods to clean this type of data.

DAVID EADS
News Applications Developer, National Public Radio Visuals Team
GEOFF HING
Technologist

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

Session 6-2: Collecting Data

Room: Chicago

This session will cover different modes of collecting and storing data in various systems. We will also cover what to consider before collecting data and how to ask the right questions to get the best type of data.

ANNE COLE
Senior Program Associate for Evaluation and Public Policy, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
DAN O’NEIL
Executive Director, Smart Chicago Collaborative

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes

 

Session 6-3: Mapping Data

Room: Illinois

We will cover how to use simple tools to map data quickly. Some tools covered will include Google Fusion Tables, Searchable Map Template, and QGIS.

DEREK EDER
Partner, DataMade
MIKE REILLEY
Professor, DePaul University: The Red Line Project
JOSH KALOV
Kalov Strategies

Watch the video on YouTube
session notes


12:30 – 2:00 PM

Lunch

DANIEL X. O’NEIL
Executive Director, Smart Chicago Collaborative

Dan O’Neil will reflect on these last two days and months of interviews and surveys. Your participation in this project and this conference will drive a report that will document and map the current state of this regional data ecosystem expected to come out in January 2015.

Watch the video on YouTube


2:00 – 4:00 PM

Open Sessions

This time slot is dedicated for conversations between groups, and opportunities to hang out with organizations similar to one another. We will leave this open and use the space to continue conversations that may have started earlier in the conference.