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Workshop: Using Open Data & Open Source for Social Work and Administration

I’ll be facilitating a workshop for the University of Minnesota’s CEUs on a Stick! event on August 22nd. The workshop is titled: Using Open Data & Open Source for Social Work and Administration.

The longer abstract for the workshop is:

The Open Source and Open Data movements are transforming traditional landscapes of social work practice, making government and non-profit data accessible to the public. Organizations globally are using this data to change practice, including enhancing cross-organizational collaborations, increasing transparency, and developing holistic program evaluations.

This workshop familiarizes social work practitioners and administrators with the open source software and open data movements and offers participants a “map” to begin exploring the tools, techniques, and data available. At the close of the workshop, participants will know what open data is, where to find it, and how to use it to further organizational missions.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what open data and open source are and where to find more information about them.
  • Identify and analyze open data sources of value to them and their communities.
  • Plan future uses of open data and open source for programmatic enhancement.