Join us ONLINE for Baltimore Data Week!

Monday, July 20th – Friday, July 24th
20+ Sessions and Workshops 

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance 

This year, #BaltimoreDataDay is now #BaltimoreDataWeek! Our annual workshops helping neighborhoods access data for their communities will be held online, over the course of a full week! 

At this 11th Annual Baltimore Data Day, we will be hosting sessions and workshops all week! Community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded technologists can come together to see the latest trends in community-based data and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change. Baltimore Data Week is structured around a series of “how to” interactive workshops in which people who work with data will explain what data is available, where to find and access data, and how data can be actionable for communities.  

Many of the sessions will be livestreamed throughout the week; follow us on Facebook at ( All other sessions will be recorded and archived on BNIA’s YouTube Channel ( Registration not required. 

Thanks to all Baltimore Data Week panelists and speakers for volunteering their time this week! See a full list of bios here.

2020 Agenda: 

Monday, July 20: Impact of COVID-19 on Baltimore’s Communities

1:00-2:00 PM State of Baltimore’s Neighborhoods: Introduction to Vital Signs 18 

An update on the Vital Signs of Baltimore’s Neighborhoods. See which trends are continuing, and which changes are taking place in our communities.

  • Speaker: Seema D. Iyer, PhD, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance  

Link to Recording:

3:00-4:3PM Opening Plenary: Discussion on the Impacts of COVID-19 in Urban Areas like Baltimore

Hosted in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Moderator: Peter Dolkart, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

  • Josh SharfsteinJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Mike Kelly, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
  • Jenny Schuetz, Brookings Institute

Link to Recording:

6:00-7:30 PM COVID-19 Dashboards  

Learn about how to use various dashboards helping us all keep track of COVID 19 and impacts on Baltimore

Moderator: Amen Ra Mashariki, World Resources Institute

  • Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, MD, Baltimore City Health Commissioner
  • Natalie Schultz-Henry, Mayor’s Office of Performance and Innovation
  • Cheryl Knott, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute 
  • Mary Conway Vaughan, Johns Hopkins University

Link to Recording:

Tuesday, July 21: Racial Disparities in Housing and Neighborhood Development

11:00-12:30 AM What is Equity Planning? 

This session will frame and start our day of discussing building equitable neighborhoods and addressing inequity in our local communities. Join us for a conversation on what equity planning is, how we can address equity planning from a disciplinary perspective, as well as how to use the many resources for equity in Baltimore. We’ll be going over topics like Baltimore’s equity academy, ordinances, and neighborhood planning groups, all to address how each of us can take action to develop better equitable communities in Baltimore.  

Moderator: Tonya Sanders, Ph.D, Morgan State University

  • Stephanie Smith, Baltimore City Department of Planning 
  • Dr. Doris Minor Terrell, Broadway East
  • Regina Hammond, Johnston Square

Link to Regcording:

1:00-2:00 PM Polymath Python (Workshop) 
Python has become a top choice for….just about everything. You can use Python to approach solving problems across many disciplines as well as how to get started on your Python journey. Join this session to see some interesting ways to leverage Python to do some amazing things! 

Hosted in partnership with HackBaltimore 

  • Speaker: Aaron Brooks, Founder and CEO of MASTERMND

Link to Recording:

3-4:30 PM Racial Implications of Housing Insecurity (declining Homeownership, Evictions) 

The landscape of Baltimore’s home ownership and demographics are constantly changing. In this session, panelists will be discussing the declines in home ownership and it’s impacts on different areas of Baltimore as well as issues like evictions and affordable housing and how we can begin to address them. We’ll also get a demonstration of how to navigate the Baltimore Eviction Map, which shows risks of evictions, actual evictions, and other neighborhood factors like segregation and redlining. 

Moderator: Claudia Wilson Randall, Community Development Network of Maryland

  • Timothy Thomas, UC Berkeley, Baltimore Eviction Map
  • Allan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
  • Sally Scott, UMBC Community Leadership Programs
  • Althea Saunders-Ranniar, Bon Secours Community Works

Link to Recording:

5:00-6:30 PM Employment and Small Business 

Learn about data for communities to understand the current economy for jobs and small businesses during the pandemic

Moderator: Kristina Williams, Charles Village Community District 

  • Ajjit Narayanan, Urban Institute
  • Mac McComas, JHU 21st Century Cities Initiative
  • Jay NwachuInnovation Works

Link to Recording:

Wednesday, July 22: Data for Understanding Environment and Climate Change 

11:00-12:00PM Streets for People – How Residents Can Use Data to Plan Slow Streets in Baltimore 

Learn how to access Baltimore city open data and use it to identify streets in your own community that could qualify for and create attractive & effective “slow streets”. 

Moderator: Yolanda Takesian, Kittleson & Associates

  • Liz Gordon, Kittleson & Associates
  • Carol Kachadorian, AARP
  • Graham Young, Complete Streets Manager
  • Matthew Hendrickson, Lead Bike Planner and Slow Streets Project Manager 

Link to Recording:

2:304:00 PM Impact of Smart Surfaces for Mitigating Urban Heat

From paving lots to choosing a material for your roof, our neighborhoods play a huge role in the future of the environment and public health. Come learn about how to calculate the risks and benefits of reducing heat-absorbing pavement and how non-green development patterns can contribute to increased air pollution, higher temperatures, and negative long-term public health. We’ll be discussing how to advocate for greener environments in our local communities and how to address environmental concerns as a matter of public health as wellThis panel will also include a demonstration of Baltimore’s new Smart Surfaces Coalition tool 

Moderator: Beth Harber, Abell Foundation

  • Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of American Public Health Association
  • Elisabeth Gawthrop, Columbia University
  • Ryan McCuaig, Smart Surfaces Coalition
  • Rob Jarrell, Smart Surfaces Coalition
  • Kimberley Knox, Baltimore City Department of Planning

Link to Recording:

5:00-6:15PM Data for Food Security 

Learn how communities use data to address food security during the current pandemic and beyond 

Moderator: Elizabeth Rice, France Merrick Foundation

  • Caitlyn Misiaszek, JHU Maryland Food Map and COVID-19
  • Suzanne Poandl, 211 Maryland United Way Helpline
  • Sha’Von Terrell, Black Church Food Security Network 

Link to Recording:

Thursday, July 23: Effect of Digital Equity on Learning and Working 

10:00-11:30 AM Investment Pitch Competition: Investment Connection Live – Maryland 

During this webinar-based, live pitch session, a select group of community-based organizations will present their potential CRA-eligible proposals to an audience of funders. The lending, investment, and service opportunities presented are exclusive to Maryland. Expect to hear several proposals in direct response to COVID-19. Proposal requests will range from $5,000 to $4 million for statewide efforts. Projects address digital equity, food access, small business finance, housing, and youth workforce development, and MORE. Registration closes on Tuesday, July 21 

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Registration Link: 

12:00-1:00 PM Discussion on Trust, Open Source and Baltimore 

Join this international panel discussion to learn about how the process of creating technology can embed principles of trust and transparency by collaboratively developing open source tools that engage intended users. Also learn about how HackBaltimore is bringing the community together to think through these issues.  

Moderator: Clare Ireland 


  • Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean of JHU Sheridan Libraries 
  • Jacob Green, Founder of Mosslabs
  • Danese Cooper, former CTO Wikipedia, former Chief Open Source at Sun, Former Sr. Director of Open Source at Intel 
  • Dionne Joyner WeemsHackBaltimore 
  • Jayne Chartrand, Human Centered Designer, St. Francis Neighborhood Center
  • Torbin Green, Program & Operations Director, St. Francis Neighborhood Center

Link to Recording:

1:30-2:30 PM Data for Digital Equity  
Learn how can community stakeholders can use data to understand and assess the digital divide in Baltimore to advocate for change

Moderator: Andrew CoyDigital Harbor Foundation

  • Sarah Heaton, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • John Horrigan, Technology Policy Institute
  • Lo Smith, Enoch Pratt Free Library 

Link to Recording:

3:00-4:00 PM

Open Data on Internet Performance – An Introduction to Measurement Lab (M-Lab)
M-Lab is an open source, civil society led, platform for measuring Internet service. M-Lab’s has been used by governments, regulators, cities, and counties to understand Internet performance trends in specific geographic areas over time. Learn about the available datasets and tools from M-Lab, and how they can be used for planning, decision making, and advocacy.

  • Host: Chris Ritzo, Program Management & Community Lead, Measurement Lab

Link to Recording:
5:00-6:00 Using Resident Data to Address Neighborhood Concerns 

Learn best practices for collaboratively collecting data within your community and how to use the Blueprint for Baltimore dataset to affect change in Baltimore.  

Moderator: Evan Serpick, OSI-Baltimore

  • Jose Serrano-McClain, HR&A
  • Eri Furusawa, HR&A
  • Tre Murphy, Organizing Black
  • Seema D. Iyer, BNIA Demonstration of Blueprint Open Data Portal 

Link to Recording:

7-9PM OpenStreetMap Mapathon to Address Neighborhood Data Gaps with MaptimeBmore 

In collaboration with MaptimeBmoremapathon participants will learn how to add and edit points of interest on OpenStreetMap, a free collaborative and editable online map.  

Hosted in partnership with MaptimeBmore

  • Maggie Cawley, OpenStreetMap US
  • Elliott Plack, KCI
  • Jonathan Dandois, Johns Hopkins University

Link to Recording:

Friday, July 24: Where Do We Go from Here? BNIA @ 20 

10:00-11:00 AM Using Data to Support and Invest in Baltimore 

Learn how philanthropy and investors use data to shape how they collaborate, prioritize their grant making, and advance racial equity during the current pandemic and beyond.

Moderator: Yinka Bode-George, Maryland Philanthropy Network

  • Danielle Torain, OSI Baltimore
  • John Brothers, T Rowe Price
  • Jamye Wooten, CLLCTIVLY

Link to Recording:

11:30 AM-12:30 PM Workshop: Getting Data for Your Community

Learn how to use the US Census Bureau’s new data tool, Data.Census.Gov 

  • Speaker: Noemi Mendez, US Census Bureau

Link to Recording:

1:00-2:15 PM Data Science Corps Ignite Session and Brainstorming 

Learn about the Baltimore Data Science Corps comprised of students in the area who are gaining both academic and hands-on experience through real-world data science projects. Community groups and organizations are encouraged to join in the conversation to identify what kinds of projects students using data science could help advance social good in Baltimore.

Moderators: Seema IyerPhD, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance  and Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay, PhD, UMBC

5-minute Ignite Presentations by Summer 2020 University of Baltimore Interns 

  • Brian Kelly 
  • Ruth Robinson, Priya Kanneboyina 
  • Michael Vandi, Naomi Watts 

Community Conversation 

Link to recording:

3-4PM BNIA @20 Virtual Happy Hour 

BNIA was created 20 years ago in 2000. Come hear from prior staff who helped shape what BNIA is today! 

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What is Data Day?

Baltimore Data Day is an annual workshop to help communities expand their capacity to use technology and data to advance their goals. At the 10th Annual Baltimore Data Day, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded “hackers” came together to see the latest trends in community-based data, technology and tools and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change. Baltimore Data Day is structured around a series of “how to” interactive workshops in which people who work with data will explain what data is available, how to access data, and why data can be actionable for communities.

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