Work­shop to teach ac­cess­ing city data

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS - RACHEL HER­ZOG

In­for­ma­tion junkies and any­one who wants to learn about the city’s open data por­tal are in­vited to reg­is­ter for the sec­ond an­nual Open Data Day.

At­ten­dees can learn to use on­line ap­pli­ca­tions to find num­bers on pot­holes and code vi­o­la­tions, as well as in­for­ma­tion on plan­ning per­mits, busi­ness li­censes and neigh­bor­hood po­lice ac­tiv­ity. There will be hands-on learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing data scav­enger hunts.

The event will take place 9 a.m.-noon March 2 at the Wil­lie L. Hin­ton Neigh­bor­hood Re­source Cen­ter, 3805 W. 12th St., be­tween South Oak and South Pine streets.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to take a lap­top or tablet. The event is free, but seat­ing is lim­ited. Reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at https://www. eventbrite.com/o/city-man­agers-of­fice-16761978220.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity to reach more of our com­mu­nity and teach them about the in­for­ma­tion re­sources they have avail­able and po­ten­tially build new, in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to is­sues in our city us­ing open data,” Melissa Bridges, the city’s per­for­mance and in­no­va­tion co­or­di­na­tor, said in a news re­lease.

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