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Open Data Week spotlights New York’s open data portal with art, design, squirrels and more

Jen Ray, Jason Forrest, “Find the Secret Data Message, NY Alive.” Photo credit: Data X Design.

New York City loves the chance to show off its smarts and find innovative ways to combine technology, art, and everyday life. Data through design (DxD), an exhibition taking place from March 5 to 13 in the five boroughs, is a perfect example. DxD is a core part of the set NYC Open Data Week, which in turn highlights the city’s open data portal and the many things that can be done with data access. Design and art events offer visitors the opportunity to interact with the city through life-size works of art. Even the bushy-tailed rodents of the city are having fun.

Jennifer Dalton, “Feel my city breaking and everyone shaking”, Photo credit: Data x Design.

New York City Open Data Act mandated that all “public” data be made freely available on a single web portal by the end of 2018. By law, a “public dataset” is any comprehensive collection of data that is maintained on a system computer by or on behalf of a municipal agency.

NYC Open Data enables New Yorkers to interact with information produced and used by city government. the NYC Open Data Project Gallery shows some examples of how data is used by activists, entrepreneurs, teachers and more.


Jen Ray, Jason Forrest, “Find the Secret Data Message, NY Alive.” Photo credit: Data X Design.

The annual DxD event showcases work that “creatively analyzes, interprets, and interrogates the data made available on New York’s Open Data Portal.” This year’s theme is ground truth, which is explained as “the insight we receive from being ‘in the field’, collecting or confirming data through direct observation, as opposed to abstract guesswork. , samples or reports from remote locations”.

Artists are invited to examine their world and note the relationships between experience and the layering of mediated data and information used to interpret it. The resulting works take a closer look at the relationship data has to physical place and human experience. Ground Truth IRLfor example, is a public exhibition of 12 interdisciplinary data-driven art projects, open March 5-13 in Brooklyn.

DxD is part of NYC Open Data Week, a week-long series of events and workshops organized with the assistance of the New York City Mayor’s Data Analytics Office and BetaNYC and funded in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with additional support from Jacobs Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech. The week brings a community calendar events with the goal of getting more people to learn about and engage with municipal open data.

This year’s events are anchored by Data School, a one-day community conference that brings together the city’s technology, data and design communities. You can find a calendar of data week events here.


The squirrel census team at work. Photo credit: Scott Lowden

In addition to discussion, art and design, the data-fest gave our favorite Squirrel census team a reason to go crazy with their own hard-earned data. The Squirrel Census has created a toll-free phone tree filled with timely and entertaining information about squirrels. Call 1-833-NYC-SQRL and listen to Eastern Gray Census data at 24 New York City parks, plus meditation exercises, stories about notable squirrels, music from squirrel (!) And much more.

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Data Through Design, DxD, Ground Truth IRL, NYC Open Data, squirrel census