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What's the (Data) Point? Socrata Open Source Data

  • 29 Jul 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103


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Bring your laptop to this hands-on event, and learn how to use API tools to work with Socrata hosted data. 

Many researchers, governments and nonprofits are using a local Seattle product—Socrata—to display publicly-available data in real-time. 

Our tutorial will introduce you to an open-source tool that dynamically generates application-programmer interface documentation for Socrata' datasets.  There are no prerequisites and even non-programmers will be able to follow the instructions to create a web or application data interface. 

What is Socrata?

Socrata provides tools to routinely extract and transform data from source systems, generating code that you can use to make data show up in your website or application. Everything derived from a Socrata dataset will update automatically whenever the source data changes. 

Socrata is used by King County to communicate real time information about everything ranging from snow closures to election results.  The local and federal government collect vast amounts of data that is available for reuse.

Using Socrata Datasets

During this tutorial, you will use API tools to create a Socrata dataset that updates automatically whenever the source data changes.  The Socrata tools dynamically generate a application-programmer interface documentation for each dataset, helping you to fast-track application development and maintenance. 

In the overview, we will walk you through how to locate datasets and give you the tools to experiment with what can be done with the data.  When the tutorial over, you will have the skills to experiment on your own and the knowledge  of what resources you have available  for future projects.

Our Presenter

Al BossJuly's presenter is Al Boss.  He works for King County as a web developer and is excited about creating lean applications using government data resources.

Al does UX development on the front end, application development on the back end, and lots of work on whatever corresponds to the small intestine (probably meetings). He has been increasingly focused on promoting and leveraging open data as a way to solve more problems with fewer resources. He is currently working mostly with HTML5 and CSS3 and Twitter Bootstrap, JQuery and Javascript, and data APIs.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

  • 6:00-7:00 pm: Check-In, networking, and some great appetizers/snacks
  • 7:00-8:30pm: Presentation/Tutorial, Q&A, and networking

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4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

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Seatac, WA 98188

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