Join us at the next OpenGov Chicago Meetup – For Science!

The next OpenGov Chicago next meetup will focus on Open Science. The Open Science Cooperative is an extension of the Hive Mapping Cooperative, a 2014 Hive Learning Network project.

We will have representatives from The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Sweet Water Foundation, Freedom Games, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to talk about their efforts to provide teens the ability to collect, manage, analyze, visualize, and share geo-referenced data through open-source mapping and data-sharing software.

OpenGovChicago Logo with the phrase "OpenGovChicago" and the Chicago Star

The aim of this meetup is to share work to date and to connect with the larger open data/ open technology community. This is an ambitious project focused on open source tools for mapping and data collection. The OpenGov movement has much to share on these fronts, and we hope for great cross-pollination on this night!

More about our speakers below. As always we’ll have food and we’ll be live streaming (and live tweeting) the event!


  • David Bild and Rafael Rosa from The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will talk about their work this summer on environmental and ecological investigations
  • Emmauel Pratt of the Sweet Water Foundation will talk about their work in aquaponics
  • Eve Tulbert of Freedom Games will talk about their Planet Lab program in CPS school learning gardens, engaging Greencorps Chicago youth and teacher-leaders at The Kitchen Community
  • Adam Kessel of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County will talk about the Forest Preserves’ Citizen Science in Action program
  • Kyla Williams of Smart Chicago will talk about our role in shepherding open technology tools in the service of youth science

We’re excited the crossover summertime meetup. If you know anybody in science and have been them to your work in open gov, this is the time. Also: we always have announcements at the beginning of our meetups, and we really want to hear from people in science. Please just write to us and let us know you want to be added to the agenda!