September and October were two busy months here at the Connecticut Data Collaborative. We traveled to two national conferences, offered several presentations as panelists and as the keynote speaker, and have been continued to lead workshops intended to increase data literacy. In the next series of blog posts, we want to share updates and lessons we have learned from the workshops we attended and panelists and partners we've met.

To start, we would like to reflect on our experiences at the Association for Public Data Users Conference at the start of September.

On September 13th and 14th, the CT Data Collaborative's, Michelle Riordan-Nold and Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, will participate in and present at the Association for Public Data Users (APDU) Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The APDU is a consortium of data users and producers across the country concerned with state and federal data collection and dissemination. They provide members with helpful information about federal budgeting, data collection tools, and innovations in data visualization. 

This year's conference was all about communicating data. We heard from a range of data leaders about data standards in federal agencies, the challenges that the federal budget poses for the upcoming Census 2020, and the ways nonprofit organizations and government agencies use open and public data. We heard from the country's Chief Statistician about the challenges of centralizing data from across multiple federal agencies. We listened to big data corporations, private philanthropy, municipal leaders and federal agency leaders about their efforts to use public data. As a statewide advocate for open-data, we were eager to expand our toolkit learning from data leaders around the country. 

We contributed to the agenda as well. Michelle presented on a data liberation project with the Secretary of the State's office around liberating business registration data. Rachel presented on the Data Academy products and our progress in delivering workshops to the public. Both of these projects highlight our statewide efforts to liberate data and to increase confidence in using and communicating data.

Look for more stories from the road, coming soon!