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From Data to Action: Open Data and You

SPLlogo“Open Data” is one of the most popular phrases in technology right now, but what exactly does it mean? More importantly, how can you use it to make a positive impact on your life and society? It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. Learn more at an event on Tuesday October 13 at the Seattle Public Library’s central location in downtown Seattle.

Join us as our panelists introduce you to data that is open and available, and how to make it work for your project. They will discuss:

  • resources for open data on a range of topics, with a special focus on
  • ways to combine data sets and make maps
  • best ways to learn about data if you are starting out on a project
  • examples of the creative ways people have used open data

Bring your questions, data-related or otherwise!


  • Ryan Biava, ‎Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Policy & Innovation
  • Abe Diaz, Mobile Program Manager at NBC-Universal, Inc. and Independent Developer
  • Amy Laurent, Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation Unit, Public Health, Seattle & King County
  • Domonique Meeks, Masters of Science Information Management graduate student at the University of Washington and the co-organizer of Hack The CD
  • Jenny Muilenburg, Data Curriculum and Communications Librarian, University of Washington Libraries Research Commons


  • Jim Loter, Director, Information Technology, The Seattle Public Library

Tuesday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

It’s free, but space is limited. For more information,  call the Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian