2023 City of Portland Open Data Day celebration

Community Event
The City of Portland celebrated Open Data Day with short presentations on how the City of Portland is working with data to provide services and guest speakers sharing data strategies in government.
9:00 am 1:00 pm
Available Online

Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. Groups from around the world create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities. 

Open data is a tool that the government can use to publish data and information about its operations and programs in a proactive way. It helps with transparency, public engagement, and can empower local communities.

This year the agenda includes live 30 minute presentations and recorded 15 minutes conversations. Live presentations are intended to invite city employees to ask questions of our guest speakers; while recorded discussions are for informative purposes to the public.

Event recording


9:00 a.m. Privacy and open data refresher. Presented by Hector Dominguez, Open data and privacy coordinator, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

In this short presentation, Hector will review what open data is and go over the City of Portland’s privacy and information protection principles.

9:30 a.m. Data Justice. Presented by Meies-Amor Matz, MPH. Equity in Data & Analytics Consultant. Enterprise Information Services. State of Oregon. Data Governance and Transparency.

This presentation will discuss what data justice is and what efforts the State of Oregon is doing to implement it.        

10:00 a.m. Data Literacy strategies in the State of Oregon. Presented by Denise Whitney Dahlke. Chief Data Steward. Data Solutions Office. Oregon Department of Transportation.

This presentation will share information about the data literacy framework that the State of Oregon is developing.

10:30 a.m. The Data Labs playbook and State Data Offices. Presented by Beeck Center Data Labs team:

  • Vinith Annam. State Chief Data Officers Network Program Manager
  • Isaac Yoder. Data Labs Program Manager for social safety net projects
  • Jennifer Puma. Data Labs Program Manager
  • State Chief Data Officers Network. Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation. Georgetown University

In this presentation, the Data Labs team will explain the benefits of how data offices in States are using the Data Labs playbook. What this playbook is about and what benefits its use can bring to data projects.    

10:50 a.m. Portland Bureau of Transportation data. Presented by Lauren Spear. Senior Business Management Analyst. Portland Bureau of Transportation.

This conversation will share how the Bureau of Transportation collects, uses, and manages data.           

11:10 a.m. Data Governance in Portland. Presented by Christine Kendrick and Vishal Bakshi, Smart City PDX program, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

This presentation will show how the City of Portland is implementing data governance.

11:30 a.m. State of the art with data analytics. Presented by Jameson Watts, Willamette University Data Science Program.

This conversation will describe how modern data science tools and techniques can offer benefits to government data.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. From Data to Digital Infrastructure. Presented by Spatial Data & Mobility panel:

  • Scott Frazier - Project Manager, Operations Data, Cal-ITP
  • Ryan Mahoney - Director of Engineering for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Customer Technology Department
  • Amenity Applewhite - Head of Product, Austin Transportation Department
  • Ben Cerveny - President, Foundation for Public Code
  • Victoria Dower - VP, Client Services, Ellis & Associates, a Lacuna Technologies co.

Moderator: Matthew Claudel - Founder of Field States

Panel session focused on mobility data and the importance of public code. Conversation moderated by the Foundation for Public Code (FPC). Key ideas: interoperable data frameworks, shared tooling and local implementations, data on a gradient from open to closed, integrating mobility (from curbs to district planning).


Registration for this event is closed.