Open Data Projects

  • Online
  • For Certification
Starts the week of

June 8 - 12, 2015

Course ends on

June 30, 2015

Application Deadline

June 5, 2015, 2015

Passionate about open data data-driven decisions?

  • Do you want to leverage the growing availability of freely available government data to make mission-critical decisions?
  • Do you have a strong interest in being more strategic in fulfilling your mission but are missing the skills to identifying data sets, finding patterns, and making predictions?

Course Description

Open data refers to the growing practice of making government data freely available, easily machine processable and without any restrictions on reuse. As such, open data can be a democratizing force for organizations that traditionally have less access to mission-critical information such as Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) or Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs). Leveraging open data can enable organizations to make more well-informed decisions. This course is designed for individuals and organizations (including SMEs) eager to develop open data-driven decisions. In particular, the course will seek to: a) develop an understanding of what open data is, how it is produced, where it can be accessed, and who is using it currently. decisions; b) learn from others through understanding how existing organizations are using open data to create solutions, and to optimize their operations, through in-depth case studies and analyses; c) provide strategies for small organization to define the problem they seek to solve, take stock of open data resources available to them, and experiment with open data through trial-and-error; d) understand the challenges and best practices of open data use; and, e) develop tools and strategies to measure the success of open data use, and to assess its impact on your organization.

Course Format

1 faculty-led session every week for 2 hours (one hour is with a guest expert and one hour is an all-group session); and a personalized schedule of peer-to-peer and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Online sessions will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 6pm EST.

Course Duration: 4 weeks

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Faculty Members

Arnaud Sahuguet

Director of The Foundry @ Cornell Tech

Dr. Arnaud Sahuguet was until recently a Product Manager for in New York working on civic innovation, as part of the Google social impact team. For the last two years, he has been working on mobile micro-donations (OneToday) and child protection (in collaboration with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Before, he worked on Google Maps infrastructure and helped the Google Speech team productize its technology, with products such as GOOG-411 and Voice Search. Before joining Google in 2006, he worked almost 5 years as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs research, in Murray Hill, NJ, where he published numerous papers, worked on standards for user profile management in telecom networks, identity management, personalization and converged services. Arnaud got his PhD from UPenn, on the topic of distributed query languages and optimization. While at UPenn, Arnaud founded Tropean Inc, to commercialize a screen scrapping technology for web sites. Before that, he graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France (MSc in Civil Engineering) and from Ecole Polytechnique (BS).

Stefaan Verhulst

Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of information to advance the public good. Before joining NYU full time, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor. At Markle, an operational foundation based in New York, he was responsible for overseeing strategic research on all the priority areas of the Foundation including, for instance: transforming health care using information and technology, re-engineering government to respond to new national security threats, improving people’s lives in developing countries by connecting them to information networks, developing multi-stakeholder networks to tackle global governance challenges, changing education through information technology et al. Many of Markle’s reports have been translated into legislation and executive orders, and have informed the creation of new organizations and businesses. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest; and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications. Previously at Oxford University he co-founded and was the Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies, and also served as Senior Research Fellow of Wolfson College. He is still an emeritus fellow at Oxford. He also taught several years at the London School of Economics. Verhulst was the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy for the UK, a former lecturer on Communications Law and Policy issues in Belgium, and Founder and Co-Director of the International Media and Info-Comms Policy and Law Studies at the University of Glasgow School of Law. He has served as a consultant to numerous international and national organizations, including the Council of Europe, the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, UNDP, USAID, the UK Department for International Development among others. He has been a grant recipient of the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Markle Foundation. Verhulst has authored and co-authored several books, including: In Search of the Self: Conceptual Approaches to Internet Self Regulation (Routledge, 2001); Convergence in European Communications Regulation (Blackstone, 1999); EC Media Law and Policy (AWL, 1998); Legal Responses to the Changing Media (OUP, 1998); and Broadcasting Reform in India (OUP, 1998). Most recently, he co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Media Law (2013). Verhulst is also founder and editor of numerous journals including the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and the Communications Law in Transition Newsletter.

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