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Data Day, Hackathon: Interactive Workshops Help Communities Expand Use of Information, July 12

BNIA-Jacob France Institute Hosts Annual Gathering

June 24, 2013
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute (BNIA-JFI) will host the fourth annual Baltimore Data Day, a one-day gathering of experts and community leaders to demonstrate the various ways that technology can be used to advance the goals of neighborhoods throughout the city, on Friday, July 12. The workshop sessions, entitled "Community-Based Indicators in Action," will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the atrium of the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, home of the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The event is free and open to the public; registration is required (details below).

Baltimore Data Day is an annual workshop to help communities expand their capacity to use technology and data to advance their goals. At this gathering, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded "hackers" will come together to see the latest trends in community-based data, technology and tools and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change.

Baltimore Data Day is structured around a series of how-to interactive workshops in which people who work with data will explain what data is available, how to access data, and why data can be actionable for communities. This year's Baltimore Data Day will incorporate a Hackathon simultaneously with the event, as well as a pre-session discussion on "Big Data in Action" on July 11 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch.

BNIA-JFI is responsible for the highly influential Vital Signs reporting series, which presents a comprehensive statistical portrait of Baltimore and its neighborhoods. Vital Signs 11, issued in April, marks a new stage for reporting on quality of life indicators. It tracks more than 150 indicators, many of these new to this edition, to show those issues that are important to all of the city and its residents. These present a detailed portrait of Baltimore and how it changes annually.

Learn more about Baltimore Data Day and registration.

Check out Vital Signs 11 and an interactive map keyed to the report.

Learn more about UB's Jacob France Institute.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Affairs and the Merrick School of Business.