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Lessons

  • Overview
  • Lesson 1: Introduction (Video) [0:51]
  • Lesson 2: History of Open Data (Interactive) [2:00]
  • Lesson 3: What is Open Data? (Video) [6:26]
  • Lesson 4: Challenge - What is Open Data? (Poll) [0:20]
  • Lesson 5: Why is Open Data Important? (Video) [3:02]
  • Lesson 6: Challenge - How are you impacted by Open Data? (Poll) [0:20]
  • Lesson 7: What is a "Civic Hacker?" (Video) [2:31]
  • Lesson 8: Who are "Civic Hackers?" (Video) [13:35]
  • Lesson 9: Challenge - Civic Hacker Matching Game (Interactive) [2:20]
  • Lesson 10: Why is Civic Hacking so Important? (Video) [9:45]
  • Lesson 11: Challenge - Total Recall (Interactive) [3:00]
  • Lesson 12: What are the Challenges of Open Data? (Video) [2:53]
  • Lesson 13: Top 4 Challenges of Open Data (Interactive) [6:00]
  • Lesson 14: Getting Started With Open Data (Video) [3:59]
  • Lesson 15: Challenge - Getting Started with Open Data (Interactive) [7:00]
  • Post-Course Survey

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Open data fuels innovation, improves transparency and enables better decision-making in government. No matter what your level of experience with open data, these 15 lessons and interactive exercises will help you appreciate the impact and importance of open data. Specifically, this course is designed to:

  • Define the term open data and highlight its history in the United States
  • Explain the motivations and unique contributions of civic hackers
  • Help you get started in starting or growing the open data movement in your community

With special funding from the Knight Foundation, we created this course by conducting interviews with dozens of experts across the country, including: