Published on September 10th, 2015 | by Daniel Castro


Open Data Leaders Meetup

The Center for Data Innovation hosts “Open Data Leaders”—a monthly after-hours discussion and networking event for those interested in open data.

Open Data Leaders features federal, state, and local government leaders presenting on recent open data initiatives. Each event will bring in experts from a government agency to discuss a recent project and share the challenges and solutions they have discovered through their efforts. The goal of these events is to foster an open conversation between data providers, civic technologists, businesses, and government agencies. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about new open data projects, share feedback with government agencies, and offer design and outreach tips to improve relations between government agencies and the organizations that use their data. By bringing the open data community together, Open Data Leaders hopes to harmonize public and private sector efforts around open data to promote innovation, improve government services, and foster transparency.

The next event will be on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, featuring Daniel Morgan, chief data officer at the Department of Transportation.

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About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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