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UB Hosts 5th Annual Baltimore Data Day, July 25

Opening Session and Keynote on Smart Cities, July 24

June 30, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Baltimore Data Day: Using Indicators for Community Change, a one-day conference designed to help city leaders expand their abilities to use technology and data for the improvement of local communities, will be held on Friday, July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Baltimore. The conference, which will bring together community organizations, nonprofit agencies, civic and faith-based institutions and government entities, will take place in UB's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center (home of the Merrick School of Business), 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The conference is free and open to the public, although advanced registration is required (see below for details).

The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute, part of the University of Baltimore, has been hosting the workshop since 2010. In partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the opening session on Smart Cities and keynote by Adie Tomer of the Brookings Institute will be held the evening before at the Baltimore Branch, 502 S. Sharp St., on July 24 from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a reception.

New this year, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute is partnering with BNIA-JFI's Baltimore Data Day to host Reverse Research Day, a panel discussion with community/agency presenters describing available data requiring additional analyses and/or interpretations, followed by a more general discussion of community-academic collaborations. The purpose is to explore how better to improve the well being of Baltimore's residents through community-academic collaborations.

The event is free and open to the public, through sponsorships from UB's Office of the Provost, donors to the Merrick School of Business, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Enterprise Community Partners, Collegetown Network, and the Abell Foundation.

"This event brings together a diverse cross-section of communities who all have in common the desire to learn more about how data can be used to drive positive change in neighborhoods,” said Seema D. Iyer, associate director of the Jacob France Institute. "The conversations that occur among attendees are equally as important as the information that is presented."

At the 2014 Baltimore Data Day, panel discussions and interactive workshops will explore a variety of topics including:

  • affordable housing;
  • public health and childhood well being;
  • public safety;
  • open Baltimore; and
  • urban sustainability.

Details on online registration and conference topics are available here, along with the conference's full agenda.

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