The NYS Executive Forum

Open Data - Open Government

September 13, 2012
9:00 - 11:00 am (8:30 am Check-In)
Clark Auditorium, NYS Museum
222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY

A day doesn't pass where we don't hear about open government and access to data and information. The amount of data available to the public has grown exponentially in the last few years and the United States is recognized internationally as a leader in this effort. Access to information and data is often touted as a factor in improving government performance and services, reducing inefficiencies, increasing public participation and as an economic driver.

What does it mean for New York State government entities? How do government entities deal with the ever growing groundswell to open data and the expectations for more, accurate and usable data? Is opening data the easy win that should have been done yesterday? How and what needs to be considered as entities dive into the open government/open data pool?

Join us on September 13 for a NYS Executive Forum to hear from renowned and respected leaders in the field of open information and data. Learn about trends, observations, proven strategies and pitfalls that can be used to inform agency decisions and practices related to opening and sharing data.

Learn about:

  • Is more data and information better? Is it enough to keep pushing more data?
  • Is "Open Data" interchangeable or the same as data and information obtained as a result of Freedom of Information Laws (FOIL/FOIA)?
  • What data should be made available? With competing priorities how should government entities decide or prioritize what data should be made available?
  • Does it matter how or in what format data is made available?
  • How important is the frequency of data updates and the accuracy of data?
  • What is being done with all the data being made available? What is the value; what's really changed or improved because of the data?
  • What resources, structure and governance is needed to ensure continuity?
  • Does our public and private sector workforce have the skill sets to leverage the data sets?

Featured presenters:

Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director, New York State Committee on Open Government, Albany, NY

James Hendler, Head Computer Science Department, Tetherless World Constellation Professor; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

John Kaehny, Executive Director, Reinvent Albany, New York City, NY

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