Public engagement is key to meaningful open data implementation and a tenant of the Federal Open Data Policy. Whether you are hosting or participating in a Data Jam, Datapalooza, Hackathon or other event (such as panels or conferences), if it is relevant to government data it should be posted and discoverable on Data.gov. Below are step-by-step instructions detailing how federal employees can post open data community events on Data.gov.
Step 1: Create a Data.gov WordPress account.
If you’ve posted a blogpost on Data.gov you should already have one of these!
- Register your .gov email at: https://idm.data.gov/user/register
- The Data.gov team will approve you.
Step 2. Post an event.
- Login (in the Footer of Data.gov) or this link.
- Click on “Events” on the top menu.
- Click “Add New” from the menu bar or click this link.
- Add your Event! The interface is like posting a blog.
- Include as much information as possible (especially the URL announcing your event). Options that you can add include:
* Event Title o Description o Pictures / Media o Keyword / Tags – Does your event have a hashtag?
* Stare Date & Time
* End Date & Time
* Location (Address/City/State/Country/Phone) - a map will appear
* Event Website
* Cost (if any)
- Pro-tip: Preview before posting!
If you need help at anytime or a non-federal employee who would like an event posted: email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.