Connecting data users

What's the need?
  • Data users, even when living in the same region, are often separated. Users may be facing similar problems and may have solutions or complementary expertise to share.
  • Together, data users can be stronger advocates for social change, for improving civic data, for making additional data available, and for the creation of tools to make data more useful.
  • In-person connections can be fun and help strengthen local networks.
Why the library?
  • Your library is already a space for convening and connecting individuals to information.
  • Your library has the infrastructure and skills to build community around civic data.
What you can do:
  • Attend or host a civic data community event like a Data Day or a coding challenge
  • Promote civic data initiatives through the library's social media, events, and calendars
  • Facilitate a local data user group around a specific dataset or topic (ex. housing data, environmental data)
  • Host recurring data literacy trainings and workshops
Resources you can use: