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2015 Open Data Day

Join us for Blacksburg's first Open Data Day/CodeAcross events, organized by Virginia Tech's University Libraries and Code for NRV, our local Code for America brigade, on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21! Open Data Day and CodeAcrossare observed around the world.

On Friday, February 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Waldo Jaquith will be speaking on "Open Government Data in Virginia" followed by an introduction to Open Data Day and CodeAcross in Newman Library's Multipurpose Room (1st floor). Waldo Jaquith is the director of the U.S. Open Data Institute, an organization building the capacity of open data and supporting government in that mission. In 2011, in acknowledgement of his open data work, Jaquith was named a "Champion of Change" by the White House and, in 2012, an "OpenGov Champion" by the Sunlight Foundation. He went on to work in open data with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Jaquith, a 2005 Virginia Tech graduate, lives near Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and son.

On Saturday February 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., our Open Data Day/CodeAcross events will include roundtables on the role of open data in research, public health, journalism, mapping, and more.  There will also be a hackathon to work with open data, and an OpenStreetMap editathon. The purpose is to bring together people from the university, local government, and the community to discuss issues of open data and begin projects that create, aggregate, and/or utilize openly available data sets. Lunch is provided!  Open Data Day/CodeAcross will be held in the Library Multipurpose Room and the adjacent SCALE–UP classroom on the 1st floor of Newman Library. 

While all events are free and open to the public, please register to help us plan for the roundtables, lunch, and wireless access for those without a Virginia Tech affiliation.  If you have questions, please contact Philip Young at or 231–8845.

Contact Me

  • Philip Young
  • Scholarly Communication Librarian
  • 540-231-8845
  • 6100 Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    P.O. Box 90001
    Blacksburg, VA 24061-9001