It was an honor to share the panel stage with Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki, Beth Noveck, and Lourdes German at the Smart Cities NYC conference.
The core questions I asked were:
- What tools or frameworks do we use to generate broad civic engagement with our metrics and data sets?
- How do we see our development or implementation of open data directly impacting policy, infrastructure, or civic life?
As system designers in the civic sphere, our need for data manifests distinctly and differently per use case- open structures, open software and open data allow the flexibility we need.
As civic technologists we’re asked to answer to big Who questions from the people we work for:
Technology for who? Data about who? By who?