Environmental Data Dialogues

This summer, we’ve launched Data Dialogues, a series of conversations to advance community data efforts. These dialogues are for anyone interested in community-driven environmental projects and how locally-defined data efforts can better relate to all levels of public decision making. We’re talking with stewards of community data about how their data has been used, finding out how NGOs manage their environmental datasets, and exploring how government data administrators are using community data in their work.

Data Dialogues cover a lot of territory. Here are some places we’re interested in going:

  • Information design, data accessibility, inclusivity, and public availability
  • Shared best practices, discoveries, and experiences
  • Data use and ethics
  • Data stewardship and management
  • Data in local and cultural context and recognizing traditional data keepers 
  • Community data interactions with government data sets

Join Us!

We would love for you to join us in a dialogue and share your expertise so we can, together, create a library of resources to both support your use of environmental data and share that knowledge with regulatory agencies, NGOs, and community members doing monitoring work. To submit your dialogue idea or your interest in participating in a Data Dialogues please contact us info@openevironmentaldata.org using the subject line “Interested in Data Dialogues”

In practice, this means joining a 60-minute facilitated call with 1-3 other community data enthusiasts that are recorded and posted online. Data Dialogues discussions will also become part of an OEDP Data Solutions Library, a repository of searchable ideas we can put into action. 

For more background on Data Dialogues see OEDP’s 120-day memo about the transformative potential for community partners and the federal government to create better communication channels around environmental data. 

Data Dialogue Pilots

Data Dialogue with Dave Bressler of The Stroud Water Center

Data Dialogue with Joe Moross of Safecast