Come Learn About the DC Open211 Project ~ June 18 at 2pm

Please join us for an information session for donors and funders about the DC Open211 project and its potential to strengthen the safety net in the greater Washington region by making it easy to share and find directory information about health, human, and social services. DC Open211 is the cornerstone ‘pilot’ of a major open data initiative called Open Referral which is sponsored by Code for America and the Knight Foundation, and spreading through communities across North America and beyond.

This discussion will include Greg Bloom, Chief Organizing Officer, Open Referral, George Jones, CEO, Bread for the City, and Matt Bailey, DC government’s new and first Director of Technology Innovation.

WHEN
Thursday, June 18th 
2:00-3:30 pm 

WHERE
The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

1201 15th Street, NW, Suite 420
Washington, DC

Note: This session is for donors/funders and by invitation only.

Seating is limited. To RSVP, please email khaines@cfncr.org by June 12.

Currently, people have trouble finding the services they need (from food pantries to affordable housing to job training). Service providers spend precious time chasing down information and redirecting clients. Decision-makers lack comprehensive data about the allocation of resources. And resource directory databases struggle to stay up-to-date, in isolation from each other.

This event will explain how the DC Open211 project is leveraging recent technological developments to yield entirely new kinds of solutions to this old problem. This project’s success will evolve our landscape of fragmentary siloed databases into an integrated ecosystem, enabling trustworthy information to be accessible in a variety of ways — from mobile apps to case management systems to simple searches on Google, Yelp, and other web engines. This will also yield new ways to evaluate the effectiveness of services in meeting communities’ needs. (Read more here)

For more information about DC Open 211, please contact Greg Bloom, Chief Organizing Officer at Open Referral at bloom@openreferral.org or 202.643.3648. For more information about the June 18th information session, please contact Silvana Straw, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer at The Community Foundation at sstraw@cfncr.org or 202-263-4775.