Data, Code, and API Event Round Up

Mar 11, 2015

DigitalGov University has hosted some great events over the last year in partnership with, the MobileGov Community and 18F to bring you information on opening data and building APIs. This month we’ve rounded up the events over the past year so that you can see what’s been offered. Use the comments below to offer up suggestions on what else you’d like to see on the schedule.

Opening Data and

Keep Calm and Open Data American Flag Statue of Lady Liberty
This year underwent some changes and updates and brought you training and guides to help your agency open your data and get it on

To get the basics on using, you can take a look at our resources How to Get Your Data on or view the “How to Get Your Data on webinar we offered in November with Hyon Kim, Phil Ashlock and Rebecca Williams of the team.

You can also take a look at our Guide and watch the recorded webinar on Using to assist in the creation of JSON files. JSON files are required for successful Open Data Policy compliance and the harvesting of data to

Finally, we hosted Phil Ashlock and Rebecca Williams of the team to give a brief update about the Project Open Data metadata schema that is required under the Open Data Policy (PDF, 5.83 MB, 12 pages, May 2013) and that powers They go through step-by-step how the Project Open Data Metadata Schema is being updated, in this recorded webinar, for greater clarity and data discoverability. It is based on agency feedback, and you can learn about tools and resources to assist data stewards, IT personnel, and all agency staff in their v 1.1 metadata updates.

Speaking of Project Open Data, this cross-agency initiative developed by the White House looks at how to manage information as an asset in the 21st century, and it is powered by GitHub. GitHub has grown to become a place where anyone can do simple collaboration. It’s a free social network that tracks changes to any data, not just code, where stakeholders and developers can work on the same data simultaneously. In March we hosted GitHub for Government. In this video recording Noah Kunin from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau walks you through the platform and some of its specific features for government. You can also take a look at A Quick Guide to Using Github, a post written in November.

Open Source Content and Content Modeling

Open Content Model mural

Agencies are also turning to “open as default” processes and considering this while in the early stages of development for delivery of services. This recorded event in early May discussed the White House’s use of Drupal during the State of the Union address as one example of using an Open Content Management System in a unique and innovative way to serve citizens.

Another event focusing on using open source CMS was hosted by Jacob Parcell, Manager of Mobile Programs at GSA, and featured two GSA case studies and one from the State Department. This event presented uses of open source CMS solutions to implement responsive design on agency sites. You can also watch the How to Use Open Source CMS to Implement Responsive Web Design webinar recording.

DGU has also supported the Structured and Open Content Models working group by hosting discussions on how to implement the “event” and “article” models.

Robot with tools and application programming interface sign. Technology concept.

We also hosted some great in-person workshops around APIs. In July we hosted Working with APIs for Non-Coders. This event, hosted by Eric Mill, a key developer on GSA’s 18F team, was especially targeted to non-developers and explored the basics of APIs, using the Congress API, offered by the Sunlight Foundation, as an example. The purpose of the event was to showcase that anybody of any skill level can understand and use APIs without any coding knowledge!

You can also take a look at the API video recording series.

Lastly, if you are looking for events about data collection or analysis you can check out the Metrics Round-Up from October. Feel free to leave comments on what you’d like to see offered in the future.