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Summit to Showcase Innovative Uses of Government Data

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The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University, the City of Syracuse, and the Center for Technology in Government at the State University of New York at Albany are joining together to offer the Upstate Data Summit at Syracuse University in June.

The one-day event, planned for Wednesday, June 6, will bring together municipal government officials from across Upstate New York to showcase innovative uses of data and technology.

Syracuse Open Data Website
The City of Syracuse's Open Data website is one example of how Upstate New York cities are using and sharing municipal data. The portal provides a central location for open data, maps, and visualizations to help residents understand what is happening in the city.

“The hope is that the summit will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about how other Upstate governments are using data,” explained Mark Headd, an innovation specialist for the U.S. government General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service who is helping to organize the event. Headd is a 1994 graduate of the Maxwell School’s MPA program.

“Attendees can learn how municipalities that are new to open data and data analytics can get started with data programs of their own,” Headd added.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will deliver the summit’s keynote address.

Speakers at the event will include Kate May, chief performance officer for the City of Rochester; Kirk McLean, director of Open Data Buffalo for the City of Buffalo; John Coluccio, signal superintendent for the City of Schenectady; Megan Sutherland, senior program associate at the Center for Technology in Government; Sam Edelstein, iSchool alumnus and chief data officer for the City of Syracuse; and Jared Kraham, Maxwell School and Newhouse School alumnus and deputy mayor of the City of Binghamton.

The summit will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be held in Room 275 of Falk College’s White Hall on the Syracuse University campus. The registration fee is $10. For a full event schedule and online registration form, visit the Upstate Data Summit website.

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