Discovering Next Generation Open Data

As the public sector faces a range of complex challenges, successfully leveraging data to understand and inform decisions is critical.

A 2014 McKinsey study found that, “Open data has the potential not only to transform every sector of the economy but also to unleash more than $3 trillion in global economic value annually.” Now, next generation open data solutions are available to the public sector and offer the potential to unlock this untapped economic value.

With its new open data portal, Analyze Boston, the City of Boston is among those governments already embracing next generation open data. Analyze Boston reimagines and replaces the city’s former unorganized collection of datasets that largely failed to engage users despite significant public interest in the data.

Join Andrew Therriault, Boston’s Chief Data Officer, Rick Bazzano, IT Manager for Simsbury, Connecticut, and Joel Natividad, OpenGov’s Director of Open Data, as they discuss strategies for successfully implementing a next generation open data initiative and how governments can unlock significant value in an increasingly connected world.

In this video you will see:

  • How next generation open data is different, and why it matters.
  • How Boston is powering data-driven initiatives for multiple stakeholders.
  • Why integrating your legacy data systems makes them more useful.
  • How public sector leaders are using open data to communicate more effectively and improve outcomes.

  • Andrew Therriault, Chief Data Officer, City of Boston

    Andrew Therriault joined the City of Boston after serving as Director of Data Science for the Democratic National Committee from 2014 through 2016. He previously served as Senior Data Scientist for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Director of Research for Pivotal Targeting. A native of Haverhill, Therriault completed B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at New York University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

    As a member of the leadership team of the Department of Innovation and Technology, Therriault heads up Boston's Citywide Analytics Team. He also works closely with other Chiefs and Commissioners to expand the use of data science and analytics to improve all aspects of the City’s operations to better serve everyone who lives and works in Boston.
  • Rick Bazzano, IT Manager for Simsbury, Connecticut and President Elect of GMIS International

    Rick Bazzano is the Information Technology Manager for the Town of Simsbury, Connecticut. He has served as a public official since 1996 when he left the private sector. He has his Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a Certified Government Chief Information Officer from the University of North Carolina. Rick is a husband and father of two boys. Rick serves as President Elect of GMIS International, a professional IT association of worldwide government IT leaders dedicated to providing best practice solutions.
  • Joel Natividad, Director of Open Data, OpenGov

    Joel Natividad is OpenGov’s Director of Open Data. In 2011, he co-founded an open data technology solution company that OpenGov acquired in 2016. Before that, he spent nearly 15 years leading various teams that created and supported knowledge management solutions. Joel is a member of the CKAN Association’s Steering Group, a charter member of the Open Semantic Data Association Steering Committee, and a two-time winner of NYCBigApps - the largest, longest running open data challenge in the world.

Discovering Next Generation Open Data