Tutorials and Workshops

Wednesday, May 27

University Center, 411 N Central Ave Phoenix AZ 85004

2nd Floor, Rooms 213 & 217

Tutorial 1: Data visualizations for Open Government Data

Abstract: This tutorial offers a brief introduction to data visualizations, especially focused on Open Data and the Web. After a brief introduction on what a data visualization is, we will describe the main technologies used nowadays for creating and publishing visualizations on the Web. The lessons will be based on freely available and open source tools that everybody can use.

Alvaro Graves, NIC Chile Research Labs



Tutorial 2: Textual Analysis of Government Data: An Introduction

Abstract: The goals of this tutorial are 1) to learn about different methodological approaches for systematically analyzing government text; 2) to share information and ideas about government data research opportunities; and 3) to work through a couple of example applications using the Python and R Programming languages. Registered participants will be provided with advance information and will probably want to bring a laptop or equivalent. No advance knowledge of R or Python is required (but will obviously be helpful!)

John Wilkerson, University of Washington



Workshop 1: Open Data to Solve Societal Issues

Abstract: Many countries around the world are opening their data on all levels of government. Open data mandates are institutionalized in form of policies, followed by the publication of data. Depending on the degree of innovativeness, financial and political support, the implementation of open data release varies across government organizations. Important future research questions embrace not only the drivers or barriers of open data release, but also how data is reused and how new organizational roles or innovative forms of collaboration with stakeholders emerge as government organizations gain momentum in the implementation process. This workshop brings together different perspectives of open data implementation and future steps of the utilization of open data. In particular, the workshop will discuss ongoing efforts to: scale-up the publishing of open data; exploit open data to solve big societal issues around the world, mainstream open data consumption by ordinary citizens, harvesting conversation data from social media platforms, and developing next generation open data platforms.

Adegboyega Ojo Adegboyega, Insight-Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland
Ines Mergel, Syracuse University
Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology
Anneke Zuiderwijk, Delft University of Technology



Workshop 2: Data, Tools, & Innovation: Trending Applications in US Cities

This workshop will feature new data tools for cities, for both researchers and policymakers.  It will discuss: a.) a new Internet use data repository supported by the National Science Foundation that will make publicly available innovative geographic data on Internet use from 1997-2013.  The repository will contain estimates for Internet use and broadband adoption at home for counties, the 50 largest cities, and neighborhoods in the 3 largest cities in the U.S. across these years.  This will enable researchers and communities to track patterns of Internet use across time or in comparison to others, as well as to examine associations between Internet use and outcomes such as employment or economic development. b.) examples of data and visualization for community decision-making using technology from ASU’s Decision Theater network for simulations.  Presentations will show how such data has been used for analysis and community decisions, using multiple screens to communicate the data in new and exciting ways.

Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University 
Kellen Gracey, University of Iowa

Kevin DeSouza, Arizona State University
Joshua Uebelherr, Arizona State University



Free Workshop 3: The Smart Cities & Smart Government Research-Practice (SCSGRP) Consortium

This workshop is a working meeting of the Smart Cities and Smart Government Research-Practice Consortium. The main goal of the workshop is to continue conversations started in 2012 among teams of researchers interested in doing collaborative work by sharing protocols nad data with the prupose of advancing knowledge in the area of smart cities and smart government. The workshop will welcome researchers that are current or potentail members of the Consortium. Please contact Luis Luna Reyes by email to RSVP for this free workshop.

Luis Luna Reyes, State University of New York - Albany
Theresa Pardo, State University of New York - Albany


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