Workshop for Volunteers: Using NYC Open Data to Support Your Park
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Did you know NYC makes information about park inspections, renovations, programming, and more available through the Open Data initiative? Open Data enables and empowers New Yorkers to better understand how our city works. Come to this Partnerships Academy workshop and hear from NYC Parks’ data experts about how you can access and utilize data to support your local park.
- See what NYC Parks data is currently available
- Learn about the NYC Open Data portal & how to read a dataset
- Explore resources available to help you understand and analyze data
- Brainstorm how you can use data to support your work in parks
This workshop will be led by members of the Open Data team within NYC Parks’ Innovation and Performance Management (IPM) division. IPM was created in 2015 to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency’s work. The team focuses on standardizing how divisions work, improving the quality and accessibility of Parks data, devising new ways to measure work that empower staff to make better decisions, and using technology to increase productivity.
- Tessa Leverone, Project Development Coordinator, NYC Parks
Tessa started with NYC Parks in 2012, recruiting volunteers and leading workshops as an outreach coordinator with the MillionTreesNYC initiative. Later she became a correspondence liaison, connecting the forestry division and the public. In her current role, Tessa works on programs that improve and standardize how NYC Parks operates.
- Samuel Pollack, Data Analytics Specialist , NYC Parks
Samuel brings technical expertise to IPM's efforts to improve agency operations. In addition to his work on Open Data, Samuel works to increase data literacy around the agency, improve how NYC Parks uses its vehicles, and use modeling to quantify and understand park visitation.
- Zachary Feder, Project Manager, NYC Parks
Zachary Feder started at Parks in 2008, working first as an analyst in Parks' Bronx office, and later handling media relations for the Bronx and Queens. In his current role, Zachary tracks repair and cleaning work to improve the quality of NYC's playgrounds.