Access to election information is key to keeping New Yorkers civically engaged. This session will briefly introduce participants to the concept of political geography and its implementation through Open Civic Data Identifiers in the Democracy Works-powered Google Civic Information API. We’ll then demonstrate how you can use the Civic Information API to create a basic voter portal and how you could expand on that portal with supplemental data from NYC’s Open Data and Democracy Works’ elections API.

Democracy Works is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn that collaborates with election officials, leading tech platforms, and world-class partners to drive voter access and participation.

The New York City (NYC) Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for installing all parking and traffic signage in the five boroughs of NYC. DOT recently created a dataset of all parking regulation signs and released it on NYC Open Data. For public consumption, they also created a public facing map of all the parking regulation signage. However, recently the Parking team at NYC DOT endeavored to map these regulations to the sidewalk curbs, like the maps for San Francisco and Philadelphia, which would allow them to see the specific regulations for section of curb.

Join this session to learn about DOT’s work to build an application that would be updated in near-real time using the information NYC DOT releases to Open Data. The goal of this project is to create a python script that uses the parking regulations point data feed and maps it to the NYC curb line. This data will be highlighted as a custom web map application of all parking regulations along NYC curbs.

This session will cover the basics of SQL syntax for SQL newbies. No prior coding experience necessary!

SQL (Structured Query Language) can be useful to answer complex questions with data and make more informed decisions. We’ll do a short presentation on why and how to use SQL and then break out into small groups to get some hands-on practice with a NYC OpenData dataset.

By the end of this session, you should be familiar with some of the core terms and syntax used in SQL, and you’ll leave with some additional resources to continue practicing and learning.

Meghan is a Staff Analytics Engineer at Datadog with a decade of experience working in data, primarily focusing on querying/visualization in BI tools and data modeling/transformation using dbt. In her free time, she loves exploring open data from different cities and is working on completing a certificate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics through NYU CUSP.

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.

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.

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.

Join Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) open data scientists Niki Keramat and Rahnuma Tarannum who will show you how to navigate MTA’s Open Data platform and larger datasets with SoQL.

Participants will follow a demonstration through the portal and learn how to query large datasets for their own analysis. A more advanced method, querying datasets while connecting through the API, will also be covered.

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 < >.

Important! To attend this event, you must register at