Open Data Philly experts panel among sessions planned for BarCamp NewsInnovation

odppanelBarCamp NewsInnovation, Philadelphia’s annual, one-day national un-conference on journalism innovation and the future of news, will take place this Saturday, May 2nd at Annenberg Hall, on the main campus of Temple University in Philadelphia. (InfoTickets)

At 11 a.m., a panel of experts will discuss open data, data journalism and the newly redesigned version of OpenDataPhilly.org, which launched in February.

Open Data Philly provides a hub for all of the city’s open data sets, as well data from other public agencies, non-profits, universities, and commercial organizations, thanks to a partnership which includes Temple University, the City of Philadelphia, and Azavea, a local software firm.

Scheduled panelists include Robert Cheetham of Azavea, Holley Otterbein of PhillyMag and Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski.

Robert Cheetham is the founder and president of Azavea, a Philadelphia BCorp creating software to bring together the best aspects of geography, the web, and mobile technology for stronger communities. Prior to founding Azavea, Cheetham served as a software developer and analyst for the Philadelphia Police Department, the University of Pennsylvania, and the City of Philadelphia.

Holly Otterbein is a reporter for PhillyMag’s Citified urban affairs blog and an and associate editor for Philly Mag. Otterbein previously reported for WHYY, Newsworks, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia City Paper.

Tim Wisniewski, Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia, works with city departments to enhance open government and civic engagement by publishing government data online. Previously, Wisniewski served as the Director of Civic Technology, where he managed projects including the Philly311 Mobile App and myPhillyRising.com.

According to Technically Philly: Additional planned panels include “Critical Thinking and Credibility” by Erika Owens and Dan Schultz of Knight Mozilla and “The best GIS examples for telling news stories” by Andy Eschbacher of CartoDB.

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