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For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth science data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Data for All People: From Generation to Use and Understanding."

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Tuesday, January 18 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Public Questions vs Open Datasets in U.S. Federal Environmental Governance

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The United States federal government makes available a great number of datasets around environmental governance. But how easy are these datasets to use in answering real questions from environmental justice advocates?

Building on some of the work and ideas from this summer’s session “Designing a Public Portal for Participatory Environmental Governance”, participants will engage with questions from various environmental justice stakeholders and advocacy groups, attempting to map questions to public datasets using new tools provided & researched through the ESIP Lab-funded project “Developing an Environmental Enforcement Data Portal for Grassroots and Congressional Action” and their own savvy and ingenuity.

For those who joined this summer's session: welcome back, let us show you all the new things we've built!

For those who are new: welcome, we have lots to show you!

What to expect
  • This is a high-participation session! Come ready to roll up your sleeves.
  • Ideally we'll have a mix of attendees: people totally unfamiliar with this space, people who know EPA datasets really well, etc. It's helpful for us to get a range of perspectives; come as you are!
  • The majority of the session will be in team breakouts, working together to solve specific challenges. We've designed these challenges so that your work will materially advance the project.
  • Expect to walk away with a better understanding of the needs of environmental justice advocacy groups and the tools at their disposal (including some we are building).

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Kelsey Breseman

Rita Allen Civic Science Fellow, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative
Governmental accountability around public data & the environment. Decentralized web. Intersection of tech & ethics & civics.
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Megan Raisle

Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

Tuesday January 18, 2022 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
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