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The operation of buildings causes nearly 70% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in NYC. In recent years, the city government has made measuring and regulating these emissions from buildings a central plank of its climate policy – and has become a model for cities across the country to follow.

This talk from Two Sigma Data Clinic will delve into rich sources of publicly available data to help you understand the nuances of energy use and efficiency in NYC’s residential buildings. Topics include the sources of building emissions, the factors that make some buildings more GHG intensive than others, and how efficiency is defined can have unexpected implications.

Who should attend?
·    NYC buildings enthusiasts
·    Sustainability advocates
·    Community organizations
·    NYC officials or staff
·    Open data users
·    Civic tech lovers
·    Anyone!

Virtual accommodations: Virtual Google Meet allows for live captioning. Please contact us at for any other accommodation needs.

In-person accommodations: Step-free access to the venue. Please contact us at for any other accommodation needs.

Measure of America, a program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), is in the process of revamping DATA2GO.NYC, a free, easy-to-use online mapping and data tool that brings together federal, state, and city data on a broad range of issues critical to the well-being of all New Yorkers. The revamp will include updated data in addition to a redesign to ensure DATA2GO’s continued usefulness to people and organizations requiring easily accessible and understandable data on well-being, equity, needs, and resources to address those needs in NYC.

We are interested in the civic community’s input into this redesign and would love to hear your thoughts to help us help you measure what matters for community well-being. The event will begin with a description of the project roadmap and proceed to breakout rooms, polls, and other sharing opportunities to ensure that all attendees have a voice in contributing their thoughts and ideas to the DATA2GO redesign. Attendees will be acknowledged on the DATA2GO site in appreciation of their time. We hope to see you there!

This redesign effort is informed by a diverse advisory panel and is supported by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the original funders of DATA2GO.NYC.

Rats in NYC are widespread, as they are in many densely populated areas. As of October 2023, NYC dropped from the 2nd to the 3rd place in the annual “rattiest city” list released by a pest control company.

Join Dr. Jun Yan and data science students from the University of Connecticut for presentations that delve into the presence of rats in the city, including a detailed analysis of city-wide rat sighting and rodent inspection data from the City’s Health Department. The student’s work includes descriptive statistics and visualizations of rat sightings across the city. The maps will be further analyzed to uncover correlations between rat sightings and various factors, including sociodemographic profiles, housing characteristics, and the physical landscape of the city. Additionally, we will share our investigation into the broader impact of rat sightings on other civic functions within NYC, like restaurant inspections, by integrating other NYC Open Data sources.

This engaging and informative workshop will be conducted by a selected group of students from the University of Connecticut, enrolled in the Introduction to Data Science course. These students have completed this work as part of their midterm assignment. They will show the results from their analyses as well as the Python code that generated the analyses. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in urban challenges or data science.

Discover how U.S. Census Bureau Tools can help you find free data for your community.

Learn about Community Resilience Estimates and how to navigate My Community Explorer; an interactive map-based tool which highlights demographic and socioeconomic data that measure inequality. See how to access the latest American Community Survey and 2020 Census data for various geographies including New York City at

This session will involve live demonstration and hands-on exercises for participants.

EquityNYC, a project of the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, reports the status of racial and social equity in New York City and the City’s work to address disparities. The site visualizes and contextualizes over 225 disaggregated metrics that measure population-level well-being, who the City serves, where services are located, who the City employs, who receives City contracts, and how the City promotes equity internally.

Join us to learn more about EquityNYC, understand the technology behind the site, discover how to use equity data in decision-making, and suggest potential use-cases to explore. To learn more, visit

Government programs and services provide vital support such as housing and food to people experiencing poverty, yet thousands of New Yorkers still do not sign up for the benefits they qualify for. Navigating all of the available options can be confusing and difficult due to the complex requirements around eligibility. How can we create a more streamlined way for New Yorkers to find out all the benefits they are eligible for?

In this interactive workshop, the NYC Office for Economic Opportunity invites you to imagine new ways of bridging the benefits enrollment gaps in NYC and reducing poverty. You will have the opportunity to explore and try for yourself a set of open tools our Office has created for this purpose including:

  • The NYC Benefits Screening API: Comprehensive benefits screening criteria and calculations for 40+ benefits
  • The NYC Benefits and Programs Dataset: Plain-language, standardized information for 100+ benefits and programs.

Join this virtual session to get to know these open source resources and explore how these tools can support benefits outreach work.

Close out Open Data Week with BetaNYC!

When: Saturday, March 23 from 9am to 6pm
Where: CUNY School of Law

Join us for our annual community-driven public interest technology conference. Participants come to learn, network, and collaborate around public interest technology, data, and design in New York City. With programming support from the Open Data Team at the NYC Office of Technology and Innovation, our conference convenes city officials, technologists, designers, data analysts, and community members around open data, civic technology, and service design in New York City.

This year, we are commemorating the 14th anniversary of International Open Data Day, the 12th anniversary of the City’s transformative Open Data Law, and the conclusion of NYC Open Data Week.

There will be panels, workshops, demos, talks, presentations, and sessions with NYC agencies, on a range of civic topics. Whether you’re new to the community or well-acquainted, you’re invited to spend the day with us learning, sharing, discovering, and connecting around a shared passion to build a better civic society for ALL New Yorkers.

NYC School of Data is organized by BetaNYC, with programming support from the NYC Office of Data Analytics and hosted by CUNY School of Law.

Tickets include breakfast, lunch, coffee/beverages, an accessible venue, and childcare for those who need it. Thank you for helping us cover the costs of producing a large community event. Interested in volunteering?  Interested in a scholarship ticket? Need childcare? Work for Government? Read on…

Scholarships: There are a select number of scholarship tickets available. Tickets are $35, and we will prioritize traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. Learn more and apply before Wednesday, 20 March, at 5:00 PM.

Volunteering: The official deadline has passed, but you can still apply to volunteer at School of Data. We are reviewing applications in the order we receive them and will consider late ones on a case-by-case basis.

Childcare: This year, we have contracted Smart Sitting for on-site childcare for children under the age of 18. To use this service, you MUST be a ticket-holder, and you MUST register your child before March 21 by acquiring a Childcare Ticket on Eventbrite. Each child you register requires a ticket registration. There are limited spots available, so please sign up sooner rather than later!

Government Tickets: If you work for government and want to purchase $55 tickets via a check or a purchase order (PO), the opportunity closes on Wednesday, 20 March, at 5:00 PM. Please email < >.

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