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Open Data Policy & Management 101

Open data - free public data, provided by governments and organizations that anyone can use without restrictions - has become an integral part of our daily lives. It provides citizens, businesses, and nonprofits with critical information to make more informed decisions. This data, along with emerging technologies for managing it, is changing the way citizens, governments, and policymakers make decisions and direct important projects.

Partnering with the Center for Open Data Enterprise, CTG is offering two opportunities (Wednesday, September 27, 2017, registration closed or Wednesday, October 18, 2017, link to register below) to attend this one-day course in which you will learn:

• Critical aspects of data management from data collection to dissemination, including quality improvement, privacy protection, and curation and storage
• How to apply user-centered design to data management
• How to develop strategies for implementing data management best practices in your own department or institution

Instructor: Laura Manley (Center for Open Data Enterprise) assisted by Audrey Ariss
Cost: $950
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Course Outline:
Through the use of lectures and case studies, and user-centered design exercises, participants will learn best practices to collect, disseminate, improve, and store open data. They will also learn the best current options for managing the challenges, including data privacy, quality, and systems for data sharing, that need to be addressed to put data to the best possible use. This includes:

• Data Collection: Gathering data from diverse sources, ranging from sensors to “citizen scientists”
• Standardization: Finding common ways to categorize and manage datasets
• Privacy Protection: Balancing the value of highly detailed data with the need to protect personal information
• Data Release: Making data available in open, accessible, usable ways
• Quality Improvement: Ensuring that datasets are accurate, timely, and up to date
• Curation, Storage, and Management: Identifying and prioritizing the most valuable datasets
• Communities of Practice: Engaging government, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector in collaborative data-driven efforts

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in understanding the core concepts of creating an open data management program. This course is for everyone from the novice to the seasoned professional as you explore the ever changing landscape of data management and policy development as it relates to an open data ecosystem.