What Can Be Done to Protect Endangered Government Data?

EDT
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K St. NW Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005
02/27/2018 09:0002/27/2018 10:30America/New_YorkWhat Can Be Done to Protect Endangered Government Data?MM/DD/YYYY

The federal government has made significant strides towards making vast amounts of government data freely available to the public, and businesses, researchers, civil society groups, journalists, and many others have put open data to good use. However, recent events suggest that some open government data may be at risk. For example, in February 2017, the Department of Agriculture abruptly blocked public access to an animal abuse database used by businesses across the country; in March 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it would no longer ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to National Survey on Older Americans Act participants, sacrificing a valuable opportunity to collect data about pressing intersectional social issues; and in October 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual report on crime statistics with 70 percent fewer data tables than the prior year’s report.

As part of Endangered Data Week, the Center for Data Innovation will host a panel discussion about the risks to open government data, especially in agencies that are underfunded and understaffed, and what can be done to protect this data in the years to come.

The event will be live-streamed on datainnovation.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #datainnovation.

Speakers: 
Daniel Castro
Vice President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Moderator
Gavin Baker
Assistant Director of Government Relations
American Library Association
Panelist
Paul M. Farber
Managing Director of the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities (PPEH)
University of Pennsylvania
Panelist
Patricia Kim
PhD Candidate, Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities
University of Pennsylvania
Panelist
Denice Ross
Public Interest Technology Fellow
New America
Panelist
John Thompson
Executive Director
Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS)
Panelist