Data user groups are a great way to build a community of people working to solve problems with the help of open data. We hope that the ideas included here provide a starting point for a data user group of your own.

As we've mentioned throughout this resource, the staff at the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center are the ones who pioneered this approach and inspired us to create this guide. First and foremost, thank you again to everyone at WPRDC for sharing your insights and ideas. Second, we encourage everyone interested in those insights and ideas to go directly to the source at, and to attend one of WPRDC's events in person if time and geography allow.

Finally, we would love to hear your thoughts about this playbook and how you have used it. Send comments, questions, ideas, and other feedback to [email protected]. We would love to hear what you think of this resource and how we could make it better for your city.


Relevant Reading

“Introducing Data User Group Meetings”, WPRDC

“Taking Data Documentation Up to 11”, WPRDC

“How Hosting User Groups for Open Data Helps Cities”, Sunlight Foundation

“Building Products and Programs on User Feedback”, WPRDC

Relevant WPRDC Tools

Parcel Data Explorer

Property Dashboard

Data User Guides


Sample Agenda

Sample Data Roadmap

Sample Recap Email

Sample Newsletter

Sample Feedback Survey

“Telling your data story” activity

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