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Data Week 2020

State of Baltimore’s Neighborhoods: Introduction to Vital Signs 18

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

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

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

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Hosted in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

COVID-19 Dashboards

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

  • 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

What is Equity Planning?

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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.

Polymath Python (Workshop)

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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!

Racial Implications of Housing Insecurity (declining Homeownership, Evictions)

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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.

  • 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

Employment and Small Business

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

  • Kristina Williams, Charles Village Community District 
  • Ajjit Narayanan, Urban Institute
  • Mac McComas, JHU 21st Century Cities Initiative
  • Jay Nwachu, Innovation Works (PPP Loan Maps: Average, Total)

Streets for People – How Residents Can Use Data to Plan Slow Streets in Baltimore

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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”.

  • 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

Impact of Smart Surfaces for Mitigating Urban Heat

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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 well. This panel will also include a demonstration of Baltimore’s new Smart Surfaces Coalition tool.

Data for Food Security

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

  • 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

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.

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Discussion on Trust, Open Source and Baltimore

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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.

  • Clare Dillon, 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 Weems, HackBaltimore
  • Jayne Chartrand, Human Centered Designer, St. Francis Neighborhood Center
  • Torbin Green, Program & Operations Director, St. Francis Neighborhood Center

Data for Digital Equity

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Learn how can community stakeholders can use data to understand and assess the digital divide in Baltimore to advocate for change

  • Andrew Coy, Digital Harbor Foundation
  • Sarah Heaton, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • John Horrigan, Technology Policy Institute
  • Lo Smith, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Open Data on Internet Performance – An Introduction to Measurement Lab (M-Lab)

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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.

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

Using Resident Data to Address Neighborhood Concerns

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

  • 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

OpenStreetMap Mapathon to Address Neighborhood Data Gaps with MaptimeBmore

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In collaboration with MaptimeBmore, mapathon 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

Using Data to Support and Invest in Baltimore

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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.

  • Yinka Bode-George, Maryland Philanthropy Network
  • Danielle Torain, OSI Baltimore
  • John Brothers, T Rowe Price
  • Jamye Wooten, CLLCTIVLY

Workshop: Getting Data for Your Community

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

Data Science Corps Ignite Session and Brainstorming

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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.

  • Seema Iyer, PhD, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
  • Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay, PhD, UMBC
  • Brian Kelly
  • Ruth Robinson, Priya Kanneboyina
  • Michael Vandi, Naomi Watts

Data Day 2019

Welcoming Remarks–See LiveStream Presentations

Preparing Baltimore for Census 2020

Learn how Census data is collected and how you can ensure a complete count during the 2020 enumeration.

  • Moderator: John Willis, University of Baltimore
  • Julius Maina, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Austin Davis, Baltimore City Department of Planning

Qualitative Data/Archives

Learn how to access neighborhood collections at the University of Baltimore and other area repositories for preserving and improving quality of life.

Community-Engaged Data

Identify ways that communities can use and engage with datasets to build cleaner, safer, and more-connected neighborhoods.

  • Moderator: Ben Hyman, Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
  • Dan Hymowitz, Mayor’s Office of Performance and Innovation
  • Tonya Nashay Sanders, Morgan State University
  • Sarah Wallace, Vision to Life

Poverty Measurement and Education Data: What the Data Can and Can’t Tell You

Understand how education leaders use data to measure socioeconomic status of students and how these data should be used when poverty measurement changes have unintended consequences.

Lessons from the Baltimore Data Jam Competition

  • Bess Caplan, Baltimore Ecosystem Study
  • Kaitlyn Beyer, Caroline Benda, Alee Marschke, Hereford High School

Digital Equity

Learn how to get (or create!) data about where and how Baltimoreans are getting online.

  • Moderator: Stephanie Smith, Baltimore City Department of Planning
  • Mike Fried, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Dave Troy, 410 Labs
  • Lo Smith, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Using Crime Data to Track Performance and Community Safety

Learn how different kinds of agencies and groups access and responsibly interpret crime information to better understand and improve neighborhood safety.

Homeownership Education and Counseling

Learn about data used for outreach and assistance for homeownership education and counseling and how organizations overcome barriers to homeownership for Black and Latino homebuyers.

Public Transportation

By the end of this session, participants will know how to access the MTA bus on-time performance dataset and use it to understand and take action in their own communities.

Data Day 2018

Welcome–See LiveStream Presentation
Seema Iyer, Introduction to Vital Signs 16, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute
Frank Johnson, Chief Information Officer, Baltimore City Office of Information Technology

Preparing for Census 2020
Philip Lutz, US Census Bureau
Annie Milli, Live Baltimore
Flo Gutierrez, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Baltimore Open Land Data Project (BOLD)
(Handout on the Tax Sale Process)
Amanda Davis, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute
Kim Graziani, Center for Community Progress
Lowell Larson, Greater Greenmount Community Association

Open Data/Open Baltimore
Katherine Klosek, Center for Government Excellence – Johns Hopkins University

Danielle Walter-Davis, Baltimore National Heritage Area
Jonathan Dimes, JDimes MediVisual Communications / The Mural Hunter
Christine Hwang, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute

Food Environment Mapping and Indicators
Caitlin Misiaszek, Johns Hopkins University – Center for a Livable Future
Sarah Buzogany, Baltimore Office of Sustainability
Eric Jackson, Black Yield Institute

Leveraging Lending and Banking Data for Your Neighborhood
Cynthia DuRant, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Robyn Dorsey, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

Putting Free Business Data to Work
Nancy McCrea and James Palma, Maryland Department of Commerce
James McComas, 21st Century Cities Initiative – Johns Hopkins University

Tracking Success towards Baltimore’s Sustainability
Lisa McNeilly, Baltimore Office of Sustainability
Seema Iyer, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute

Data Day 2017

Seema D. Iyer, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute
(Live Streamed Video)

Introduction to GEOLOOM: Cultural Mapping in Baltimore
Kristin Mitchell, Market Center Merchants Association

Baltimore’s Open Data Portal for Community Use
Jessica Clarke, Baltimore City Department of Finance

Multi-Modal Transportation Data for Communities
Jaime McKay, MDOT MTA Department of Planning
Celeste Chavis, Morgan State University
Jimmy Rouse, Transit Choices

IGNITE: Vacant Housing, Trash, and Making Data Open in Harwood
Eli Pousson, Baltimore Heritage (Presentation Notes)

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance Website and Data Resources
Cheryl Knott, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

Introduction to GIS and Open Source Mapping Tools
Jonathan Dandois, Fearless (Download Slides | Additional Materials)

Data for Social Justice/Equity
Kylie Patterson, Prosperity Now

Housing and Health Data: Keeping it Relevant for Neighborhoods
Hersh Fernandes, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

Baltimore Focus Initiative: Using Data to Promote Community Development
Theo Ngongang, AECOM

Data Day 2016

Welcome – Video available!
Seema Iyer, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute

Understanding Divided Baltimore
Joe Wood, University of Baltimore
Elizabeth Nix, University of Baltimore
Tylis Cooper, University of Baltimore
Eric Norton, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance
Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore
Darian Ripple, University of Baltimore

From Awareness to Action: Community Health and Liquor Outlets
Philip Leaf, Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, JHSPH
Darcy Phelan-Emrick, Baltimore City Health Department

Data-Driven Workforce and Economic Development
Linda Dworak, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Nesreen Khashan Census Bureau, On the Map

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance Website and Data Resources
Cheryl Knott, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

Introduction to American FactFinder
Nesreen Khashan, US Census Bureau

Introduction to GitHub
Sophia Dengo, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence

Using Data to Keep Baltimore Safe
Andrew Jaffee, Baltimore City Police Department
Stephen Morgan, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Jonathan Gross, Baltimore City Health Department, Office of Youth Violence Prevention

Mapping Art, Creating Community
Krista Green, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts
Christina Delgado, Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.


Data Day 2015

Pre-Session on Creative Placemaking
Jason Schupbach, National Endowment for the Arts

WelcomeVideo available! (Windows | Mac)
Seema Iyer, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute
Mark Stern, Social Impact of the Arts Project, University of Pennsylvania

Finding Information about Tax Sale Foreclosures in your Neighborhood
Robin Jacobs, Community Law Center, Inc
Margaret Henn, Pro Bono Resource Center

The Value of Arts and Culture Data in the Community Development Mix
Lindsay Tucker So, Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy
Pamela Dunne, Maryland State Arts Council
Kalima Young, Baltimore Art + Justice

Public Health: From Awareness to Action
Jonathan Gross, Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Baltimore City Health Department
Kim Eisenreich, Family League
Joy Twesigye, West Baltimore Health Enterprise Zone

Reporting on Neighborhoods- Using Data to Find the Story Behind the Stories
Adam Marton, Baltimore Sun
Lawrence Lanahan, Freelance Reporter

Mapping Your Neighborhood
Jennifer Darragh & Bonnie Wittstadt, GIS and Data Services, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University
Amy Lee Walton, Mapbox

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance Website and Data Resources
Nancy Jones, BNIA-JFI

Occupational Data for Workforce Programs
James Palma, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
Claire Watson, Maryland New Directions

From Tech to Transformation
Technica.lly: The Data Behind Baltimore’s Crime Spike
Jim Garcia, Mayor’s Office of Information Technology
Ryan Smith, Johns Hopkins University

Identifying Opportunities for Creative Placemaking
Elizabeth Nash, The Reinvestment Fund
Mark Treskon, Urban Institute
Priya Bhayana, Bromo Arts & Entertainment District

Using Data to Keep Baltimore Safe
Emily Shaw, Sunlight Foundation
Denice Ross, Presidential Innovation Fellow, White House Police Data Initiative
Amanda Petteruti, Justice Policy Institute

Data Day 2014

Welcome, Overview of Vital Signs 12, Seema Iyer, Associate Director, Jacob France Institute
Opening Remarks, Opportunities for Big Data, Smart Cities, and Urban Sustainability and Resilience, J. Morgan Grove, U.S. Forest Service

Affordable and Underutilized Housing
Michael K. Hollar, HUD, LIHTC Database

Charlie Murphy, TreeBaltimore
Ed Dohney, U.S. Geological Survey
Alice Volpitta, Blue Water Baltimore

Public Health and Education
Al Passarella & Neha Trivedi, Advocates for Children and Youth
Nicole Johnson, Senior Director, Elev8 Baltimore (a division of Humanim) & Leslie Gabay-Swanston, Research Analyst, Carson Research Consulting (Outside evaluator for Elev8)
Stacey Loyd, Doctoral Student in Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Safety
Shannon Cosgrove, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
Officer James Marsh, Baltimore City Police Department
Jonathan Gross, Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Baltimore City Health Department
Ernest K. Smith, McElderry Park Revitalization Coalition

Ignite Talks
Leslie Gabay-Swanston, Carson Research Consulting
Nesreen Khashan, U.S. Census Bureau

Reverse Research Day – Sustainability
Miriam Avins, Executive Director, Baltimore Green Space

Data Day 2013

Pre-Session on Big Data in Action
Sheilah Kast and Lawrence Lanahan, Maryland Morning WYPR, Lines Between Us
“The Future of Big Data” – Lee Rainie, Internet & American Life Project

Education – Kindergarten Readiness
Lawrence Reid, Baltimore City Public School System
Steve Rohde, Maryland Family NetworkSupplementary City Data Profile

Water Quality
Guy Hager, Parks and People Foundation

Public Health/Food
Aruna Chandran, Baltimore City Health Department

Michael Walk, Maryland Transit Administration
Jason Sartori, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
Kirin Smith, West Baltimore Strategic Alliance

Researching Grant Opportunities
Paul Chasen, Pratt Library

Arts & Culture
Kalima Young, Baltimore Art + Justice Project

Chad Tompkins, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Marceline White, Maryland Consumer Protection Coalition

Caroln Scheriff, Baltimore City Police Department
Brian Lawton, George Mason University

Data Day 2012

Early Childhood Education and Health
Linda Olson, Baltimore Education Research Consortium

Employment Development
Jennifer Vey, Brookings Institution

Public Health/Food
Meena Abrahams, Baltimore City Health Department
Amanda Behrens, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins University
Ernest Smith, East Baltimore Community Health Initiative

Ignite Session
Beth Blauer, StateStat
Chris Whong, New York University
Tim Akers & Benjamin Hall, Morgan State University

Grant Writing
Eric Benner, Governor’s Grants office and Paul Chasen, Pratt Library

Communicating & Visualizing Data
Bryan O’Connor, Maryland Institute College of Art
Edwin Quiambo, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Healthy Housing
Brendon Brown, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Data Day 2011

Perspectives on Exploring Your Community Through Data
Kathryn Pettit, Co-director, National Neighborhoods Indicators Partnership/Senior Associate, Urban Institute
Florencia Gutierrez, Research Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Results from the 2010 Census
Travis Pate, Demographer, Baltimore City Department of Planning
Jenaye M. Munford, U.S. Census Bureau
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance Presentation, Matthew Kachura, BNIA-JFI

Jonathan Hoffman, Director of Research Services, Baltimore City Public Schools
Tracy Rone, Research Associate, Morgan State University/BERC
Heidi Stevens, Coordinator, School Every Day!

Public Health
Ryan Petteway, Epidemiologist, Baltimore City Department of Health
Michael Scott, Equity Matters/Place Matters Initiative

Neighborhood Stabilization
Mary Warlow, Director of Programs, Belair-Edison Neighborhoods Inc.

Economic and Workforce Development
Donna Langley, Director, Baltimore Main Streets
Andrea Payne Roethke, Senior Policy Analyst, Job Opportunities Task Force

Grant Writing
Dan Owens, Manager, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Grants Collection

Miriam Avins, Founder, Baltimore Green Space

Public Safety
Tom Darling, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore School of Public and International Affairs
Kerry Hayes, Director, Baltimore City Police Department, Planning and Research




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