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Saturday
May 1, 2010
Unofficial CivicApps Meetup
NedSpace Old Town

The official CiviCode Day is postponed for a bit, but why not meet up and talk about what you're doing with local data sets anyhow? We'll do some informal show & tell for anyone with a project already started, then people can team up to explore the data or work on app ideas.

What's CivicApps?

CivicApps is a Portland-area regional open data initiative, aimed at making civic data open to the public for analysis and software development. There will also a contest for applications developed using this data. You can find out more and browse the available data sets at http://www.civicapps.org/.

Wednesday
Jun 16, 2010
Open Government Meetup
OpenSourcery

A gathering of people interested in Open Government, Gov 2.0, and ways that technology may expand and improve civic engagement. All are welcome!

Examples of such initiatives include Portland's CivicApps. http://www.civicapps.org/

We're continuing the conversations from the Open Gov West conference held in Seattle in March (http://opengovwest.org/) by taking them on the road to meetups across the West Coast. Open Gov West brought together a diverse range of government folks, electeds, nonprofits, citizens, and technologists to discuss open government ideas and strategies.

Please register: http://ogwpdx061610.eventbrite.com/

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Tuesday
Jul 20, 2010
CivicApps Awards Ceremony
NedSpace

Please note the new date, Tuesday, July 20th

Join CivicApps, Microsoft and the Software Association of Oregon at NedSpace Downtown to network, socialize, and publicly honor the best app entries for the first round of apps development. The evening will culminate in the "Best of Show" award, recognizing the top app among the "blue ribbon" award winning apps for Most Useful, Most Appealing, Most Original, Best Use of Data and Civic Choice apps.

Come meet with your fellow developers, entrepreneurs, potential investors/employers, and others. Register today to reserve your spot at http://civicappsawards.eventbrite.com

Hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and a no-host bar will be available.

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Tuesday
Aug 17, 2010
Portland R User Group's First Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

At our initial meeting, we'll see how many people in the area use R and where your interests and backgrounds lie. Once we've made contact, our meetings may grow to include presentations or tutorials. Come and tell us what you'd like from your local R user group!

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Portland R User Group
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

We are the local R user group for Portland, Oregon. R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (http://www.r-project.org/ ). Our goal is to support and share R experience and knowledge among its users in the Portland community. We would like to hear how you use and enjoy the R language and statistical programming environment.

At our initial meeting, we'll see how many people in the area use R and where your interests and backgrounds lie. Once we've made contact, our meetings may grow to include presentations or tutorials. Come and tell us what you'd like from your local R user group!

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Tuesday
Feb 15, 2011
Portland Java User Group: Semantic Datastores - the *Other* NoSQL
Oracle (Downtown Campus)

This month's topic: Semantic Datastores - the Other NoSQL

The NoSQL movement has given developers many more data storage options, each with their own design considerations and trade-offs. One of the quieter options, semantic data stores (also called triple stores or quad stores), provide an interesting hybrid of key-value and graph database features, while offering a data model based on a W3C recommendation (RDF) and a standardized query language (SPARQL) that will feel familiar to anyone experienced with unfashionable SQL.

This talk will cover the basics of data modeling with RDF and how to use the open source Jena Semantic Web Framework to add a semantic datastore to a Java-based Web application.


Speaker: Brian Panulla (@bpanulla)

Brian is an independent software consultant based in Portland, Oregon. His current projects include interactive data reporting tools the services for clients in the higher education, automotive sales, and legal sectors.


PJUG meetings start with some time to eat and socialize (pizza and beverages are provided), followed by the featured speaker, then Q&A, discussion, sometimes a drawing to give away swag. :)

Though we like knowing how many people to expect, you don't have to RSVP, on Upcoming or otherwise. Go ahead and just show up!

Many people also go for a drink and further discussion following the meeting, at a location determined ad hoc (lately, Trees restaurant in the same building).

http://twitter.com/pjug http://pjug.org/ (join our mailing list, linked from the website!)

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Saturday
Oct 8, 2011
SQLSaturday Oregon 2011
Portland Community College, CLIMB Center

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This year's SQLSaturday Oregon is hosted by Oregon SQL, and will be held Oct 8, 2011 at Portland, OR, USA. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleages know about the event. Visit Oregon SQL at http://osql-d.org

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Wednesday
Jan 11, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
KOIN Tower, 2nd floor Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Saturday
Feb 4, 2012
InfoCamp PDX
Q Center

InfoCamp is an unconference for the information community. It's for anyone interested in user experience, information architecture, interaction design, user-centered design, information design, library & information science, online search, information management, informatics, and related fields.

It features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which the agenda is created during the event -- so anyone can sign up to lead a session.

Visit the website to learn more and to register.

Find us on Facebook and on Twitter: @infocampPDX and #InfoCampPDX.

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Wednesday
Feb 8, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
KOIN Tower, 2nd floor Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Wednesday
Feb 15, 2012
SAO→ Healthcare/IT Innovation Series:Launch & Networking
OHSU Center for Health & Healing

SAO→ Healthcare IT Innovation Series:Launch + Networking Event

Details: Wed 2/15/ 2012:6–9:30pm

OHSU Center for Health & Healing
3303 SW Bond Ave
Portland, Oregon  97239

Speakers:

Dr. Charles Kilo, Chief Medical Officer, OHSU 
Eric Dishman, Dir. of Health Innovation & Policy, Intel

Register: online: http://bit.ly/yqlvF3

About the SAO Healthcare IT Innovation Series:

Our community of healthcare executives, academic leaders,  
software and technology companies continue to express a great  
deal of interest in Health IT Innovation. To bring this community  
together and kick start the year, the SAO is putting together an  
event around Health IT Innovation on Feb 15th with OHSU’s Chief  
Medical Officer, Dr. Charles Kilo and Eric Dishman, Director of  
Health Innovation and Policy for Intel's Digital Health Group.   

Following the launch of the series, The SAO is planning additional  
community building Healthcare IT Innovation events & programs,  
such as adding a Healthcare IT Innovation track for Innotech 2012.

Contact: Sonya Duffin [email protected]

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Wednesday
Mar 14, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
KOIN Tower, 2nd floor Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Wednesday
Jul 11, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
OHSU IT Group Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Wednesday
Jul 18, 2012
School of Data's Data Wrangling Handbook Sprint
Collective Agency Downtown

We're sprinting to create a draft of the Data Wrangling Handbook, which is a supporting text for the School of Data. The School of Data will be a place where anyone anywhere can learn how to find, clean, analyze, and communicate with data.

If you plan to attend please sign up on the etherpad.

The School of Data is a partnership between the Open Knowledge Foundation and Peer 2 Peer University, with the goal of making open data accessible to everyone.

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Wednesday
Aug 8, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
OHSU IT Group Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Wednesday
Sep 12, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
OHSU IT Group Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Thursday
Sep 20, 2012
Portland Data Viz #7 (NEW DATE)
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

It’s time for another Portland Data Visualization Meetup! We’ll have three to four main presentations and networking time.

We usually have some conversation and networking, so feel free to bring business cards and/or let people know if you’re hiring. (If you’d like to sponsor, see the section at the end of this post).

This time, Geoloqi will host us (see below for the address and entrance instructions). For best results, please arrive a little before 6:00 Pm.

---Speakers for Data Viz #7--- Periscopic -- New work by Periscopic.

Noah Iliinsky -- "How we think and talk about design, and how that can be applied to visualization."

Brennan Novak -- Tracking emotions.

Mohamed Alkady – TBD

---Want to Speak?--- We're looking for more speakers! If you'd like to speak, contact me at caseorganic at gmail dot com or simply tweet @caseorganic!

---Who Should Go?--- Portland Data Viz Group is open to everyone interested in or working in the field of data visualization. This means designers, programmers, information architects, data miners, anthropologists, ect. We usually attract around 20-30 people, and you're welcome to bring guests, food and drinks to the event.

---Location and Time--- Thursday, Sept. 20, 2011 from 6:30–8:30pm.

Geoloqi HQ 920 SW 3rd Ave. #400 Portland, OR 97204

---Entrance instructions--- We'll have a number posted on the door so you can get in when you arrive.

---Interested in Sponsoring?--- We welcome food and drink sponsors for our meetings, and if you know someone who might be a good sponsor feel free to contact me at caseorganic at gmail dot com!

---Google Group--- If you're interested in getting updates for for future meetings, simply join the the pdx-visualization Google Group! As the name implies, it is a group for Portland-area people interested in languages and techniques for visualization of data. http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-visualization.

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Wednesday
Oct 10, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
OHSU IT Group Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Saturday
Nov 3, 2012
SQLSaturday Oregon
TBD - Portland

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, and will be on October 8, 2011 at Portland, OR, USA. Admittance to SQLSaturday Oregon is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships.

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Wednesday
Nov 14, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
OHSU IT Group Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Wednesday
Dec 12, 2012
Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
OHSU IT Group Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Oregon SQL -developers user group, where the topic is always SQL Server, but from a developers perspective. Check the website for the next meeting details.

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Thursday
Feb 7, 2013
Technology Association of Oregon Marketing Forum: Hey, What's the Big Data?
CrowdCompass office in the Ford Building

Hey, What’s the Big Data? How business intelligence is determining design, development, and marketing decisions

It’s time to say goodbye to old school analytics, and hello to big data. Big data involves huge data sets, coming in at different speeds, from all directions. Everyday, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data online. All that data (a quintillion has 30 zeros) comes from social media, digital pictures, purchase transactions, and elsewhere on the web. This kind of data sinks traditional database systems. To analyze the data, we need fancier systems. That’s why IBM Watson won Jeopardy, but Siri continues to drive us crazy with her analytical shortcomings.

Predictive analytics can figure out how to land on Mars, but it cannot predict who will buy a Mars bar. What gives? Luckily, marketing automation tools from companies like Eloqua and Marketo are changing the game.

Join us for a dive into the sea of data. This panel examines how understanding and working with data will optimize business actions in real time.

You will: •Learn how humanizing data will help maintain a competitive advantage •Find out why big data isn’t just for big companies •Hear case studies of companies who are successfully interpreting data to predict the needs of their customers, increase purchases and save money •Listen to thought leaders and get ahead of the big data wave

Panelists Include: •Hillary Ervin, Marketing at Tripwire, Inc. •David Steinberg, CEO at The Steinberg Group •Bob Newell, Director at Information Builders (In from New York) •Mike Smitheman, VP of Marketing at GoodData (In from San Francisco)

Event Details: When: Thursday, February 7, 2013 Where: CrowdCompass Office (in the Ford Building), 2505 SE 11th Ave., #300, Portlan, OR
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM Cost: $5.00 Members and Nonmembers Register: TAO - 503-624-5452

Series Sponsor: Adobe Systems CrowdCompass/CVENT

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Wednesday
Feb 13, 2013
PDX Data Visualization Meetup
Cloudability

We have 4 speakers lined up for the popular show-n-tell format.

==Kevin Lynagh==

Kevin writes code that makes pictures of data on the Internet. He lives in Portland, Oregon and spends as much time rock climbing as he does in the REPL. WeatherTable is an HTML5 weather app for the iPhone. Kevin will talk about why they decided to build an app in such an established category (hint: visualization) and why they decided to do it using ClojureScript, HTML, and CSS instead of doing a native ObjectiveC app.

==Matthew Lyon==

Matthew is a lead developer and software architect at Portland-based Platform-as-a-Service company AppFog. He was one of the core developers of AppFog's first product, PHP Fog, and led development of AppFog itself. He will be doing a show-and-tell about an instrumentation and visualization system he created to help troubleshoot and improve AppFog's Service Oriented Architecture and worldwide network of public cloud hosting services.

==Ryan Miller==

Ryan is a UI developer with over 10 years of experience with web applications. Ryan specializes in data visualization, which he works on at home when he can't get his fix at work. Ryan will be showing some experiments he's been doing in d3 with local weather data.

==Periscopic==

Periscopic is a socially-conscious data visualization firm. They will be discussing their latest internal project: U.S. Gun Murders in 2010.

Please see the agenda and RSVP at the Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/PDX-Data-Visualization/events/103543552/

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Saturday
Feb 16, 2013
InfoCamp PDX 2013
University of Oregon Portland

InfoCamp PDX is a one day unconference for the information community. It's for anyone interested in user experience, information architecture, interaction design, user-centered design, information design, library & information science, online search, information management, informatics, and related fields.

InfoCamp features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which the agenda is created during the event -- so anyone who attends can lead a session.

This year we're very excited to announce Amber Case as the InfoCamp PDX 2013 Keynote speaker.

Amber Case is a researcher exploring the field of cyborg anthropology and the interaction between humans and technology. She is the founder of Geoloqi (geo-low-key), Inc., a company bringing the future of location to the world. She’s spoken at TED and around the world, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, WIRED and more. Geoloqi was acquired by global mapping company Esri in Oct 2012.

Visit the website to learn more and to register. Find us on Facebook and on Twitter: @infocampPDX and #InfoCampPDX

Students $30 Standard $45

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Thursday
May 2, 2013
Innovation in Motion Panel @ Innotech
Oregon Convention Center

“Where should innovation start?”

The majority of business leaders do not recognize the value of IT in innovation.... Meanwhile, some companies make use of technology trends, including big data, social, and mobile. How does data, development, and design influence the maturity of tech innovation? How does one area influence the other two and where do great ideas begin?

Join us as we walk through a number of innovative case studies of innovation. Some started with data, moved to development and were later marketed to the masses. Others started with development and marketing, leaving design as an afterthought. The products are interesting, and the individual approaches are fascinating.

Innovation in Motion members will be allowed to attend this panel at the InnoTech Conference for FREE. RSVP on this Meet-up page and your name will be add to the guest list for this panel at the InnoTech Conference.

Speakers:

David Steinberg, VP of Business Alliance from the Internet Marketing Association

Gene Ehrbar, Director of Mobile Solutions from ISITE Design

Sponsors:

• CrowdCompass - Mobile apps for conferences and corporate meetings. • CorSource - Turning ideas into deliverables with strategic consulting, development services and technical staffing. • Technology Association of Oregon - dedicated to bringing together some of the brightest minds in the technology industry.

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Tuesday
May 14, 2013
Quantified Self Monthly CoLaboratory
Pacific Northwest College of Art (on Kearney)

Join us for the "free swim" of PDX Quantified Self meetings!

Work and talk in a space with other QSers. If you've got a pile of data you've been meaning to get to but just haven't devoted a block of time to it, bring it to the Co-Lab. Other data-interested people will be there for you to share with, get inspired by, and to get help from.

Wank to talk about QS-related ideas? Drop by for a chat, and maybe start or join a QS-related project.

Thinking of presenting something at our bi-monthly Show and Tell? Hone your presentation during this time, bounce ideas off of people, and get early feedback and encouragement.

Like to talk QS? This is the Meetup for you. We'll do intros, 60 minutes of The Scrambler (an activity to encourage small groups of conversation) and then conversation free-for-all!

All are welcome (and fresh perspectives encouraged).

See you there!

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Friday
May 17, 2013
COPIOUSLabs TechTalk: CoreData: It's Not That Bad
COPIOUS

COPIOUS is a user-centered digital experience agency. We build digital products with the user at heart and technology in our bones. We recently moved to a new office and now have a large space to host our TechTalks.

About TechTalks:

COPIOUSLabs TechTalks series meets every other Friday at 1pm at the COPIOUS offices. Our talks span artificial intelligence, new programming languages and techniques, computational linguistics, geographic data processing, systems and software architecture, augmented reality, network security, and more as proposed to the Copious engineering team.

About this talk:

Speaker: Joseph Jaramillo

Every app needs to store data, and developers have lots of options for doing so. Perhaps you're saving JSON or XML to disk. Maybe you're even using custom serialization. What happens when you need to query this data? What about when you have so much data to display that you can't keep it all in memory? The answer is CoreData.

In this COPIOUS Tech Talk, Joseph Jaramillo will introduce you to CoreData, the Apple database technology included with iOS and Mac OS X. You'll learn how to use an API to fetch data from a web service, store it in a CoreData database, and query it later. This is a hands on talk and there will be code involved! You are encouraged to bring a Mac loaded with Xcode to follow along.

All are welcome to attend. If you have a talk that you'd like to suggest presenting, please email it to [email protected] along with a brief outline of what you'd like to cover.

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Wednesday
Jun 5, 2013
SecureWorld Expo
through Oregon Convention Center

SecureWorld provides more content and facilitates more professional connections than any other event in the cyber-security industry. Our model relies on collaboration with high-level security thought leaders, which enables us to provide globally relevant education, training, and networking for cyber-security professionals on a regional level.

This is our inaugural event in Portland, our hometown! Join your peers for two days of high-quality training and networking, and earn CPEs. Visit our website for more details, www.secureworldexpo.com.

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Tuesday
Jun 11, 2013
QS Monthly Meetup
Pacific Northwest College of Art (on Kearney)

Our casual monthly QS meetup. Several of our members were at the QS conference in Europe last month, so we hope to hear what is going on on the QS global stage.

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Tuesday
Jun 18, 2013
Transition (AKA Change) Management - DAMA PDX (Data Management User Group)
Con-Way

The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking presentations that will make you more successful in your job. In June we take an exciting step away from the hard science topics to explore how to be more effective.

How many times have you delivered solutions that were never adopted or fell short in acceptance? If you’ve been around IT and projects long enough, you will know this truth - that success depends on the adoption of new systems, applications etc. by people. The skills that enable delivery are not the same skills that promote acceptance and use. While project management tends to focus on delivery of something, Transition Management (TM) focuses on the people part of solutions. At places like Nike, transition management is taken very seriously and all major projects have a Transition Manager assigned:

  • Transition Management is a structured approach, and set of tools, to transition individuals, teams, and organizations from a current start to a desired future state

  • A leadership competency for enabling change within organization

  • A strategic capability designed to increase change capacity and responsiveness

No matter the project or change size, Transition Management should be always a consideration. Ignore TM at your own risk.

Transition management is more than just a learning plan. Done correctly, TM is a whole lot more. Nike's Transition Methodology is an evolution of the Bridge's Change Management Model.

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Tuesday
Jul 9, 2013
Quantified Self Monthly CoLaboratory
Pacific Northwest College of Art (on Kearney)

Join us for the "free swim" of PDX Quantified Self meetings!

Work and talk in a space with other QSers. If you've got a pile of data you've been meaning to get to but just haven't devoted a block of time to it, bring it to the Co-Lab. Other data-interested people will be there for you to share with, get inspired by, and to get help from.

Wank to talk about QS-related ideas? Drop by for a chat, and maybe start or join a QS-related project.

Thinking of presenting something at our bi-monthly Show and Tell? Hone your presentation during this time, bounce ideas off of people, and get early feedback and encouragement.

We do a round of intros at the beginning to find out what people are interested in doing/talking about, and then people are free to break up, gather together, work, talk, and see what other people are working on.

See you there!

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Thursday
Jul 18, 2013
PDX Big Data Discussion Group

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is A time-efficient, linear-space local similarity algorithm by Huang and Miller. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Tuesday
Aug 6, 2013
Portland Tableau User Group | Hillsboro | 6 August, 2013 | 5:30
222 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

The Portland Tableau User Group will be meeting next Tuesday, August 6 from 5:30 to 7:00. Russell Christopher from Tableau will be presenting on the new Python Data Extract API.


Location:

Pacific University

222 SE 8th Ave

Creighton Hall, Room 518

Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

MAX: Tuality Hospital/SE 8th Ave MAX Station

Parking: Hillsboro Intermodal Transit Facility


Agenda:

  • 5:30 Greetings and introductions
  • 5:40 Presentation on Data Extract API – Python version - Russell Christopher - Tableau Sales Consultant
  • 6:10 Q&A
  • 6:25 Group discussion (e.g., resources, future topics)
  • 6:45 Networking

Join the Portland Tableau User Group

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Thursday
Aug 15, 2013
PDX Big Data Discussion Group

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Disk Aware Discord Discovery: Finding Unusual Time Series in Terabyte Sized Datasets by Yankov, Keogh and Rebbapragada. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Friday
Aug 23, 2013
COPIOUSLabs TechTalk: Datomic: Time in the Database; Data in the Application
COPIOUS

COPIOUS is a user-centered digital experience agency. We build digital products with the user at heart and technology in our bones. We recently moved to a new office and now have a large space to host our TechTalks.

About TechTalks:

COPIOUSLabs TechTalks series meets every other Friday at 1pm at the COPIOUS offices. Our talks span artificial intelligence, new programming languages and techniques, computational linguistics, geographic data processing, systems and software architecture, augmented reality, network security, and more as proposed to the Copious engineering team.

About this talk:

Speaker: Ben Kaplin, Systems & Automation Engineer

Datomic leverages distributed storage systems, functional programming and a radical change in information-system architecture to achieve screaming fast write throughput and elastically scalable reads, all while hewing to the Clojure mantra of simplicity in design and engineering.

In the grand finale to our Databases series, Ben will present on the Datomic architecture; the Datalog query language and wax philosophical about the value of programming models that match our mental models. Join us and learn how to bring time as a first-class concept into your data store.

All are welcome to attend. If you have a talk that you'd like to suggest presenting, please email it to [email protected] along with a brief outline of what you'd like to cover.

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Thursday
Sep 12, 2013
Squawkathon
through Quimby Lucky Lab / ISITE Design

Calling all designers, programmers and eco-warriors: this hackathon is for the birds.

RSVP to hold your spot at www.squawkathon.org

Top 5 reasons to attend:

  1. Apply your skills to an important environmental challenge

  2. Meet and work with some seriously smart and creative Portlanders

  3. Showcase your talents to international marine bird scientists and the Packard Foundation, who have pioneered environmental work in sustainable seafood and beyond

  4. A monetary prize will be awarded to the winning team

  5. There'll be free food, beer and other surprises for all participants

THE PROBLEM Seabird bycatch is when birds are unintentionally captured and killed in fishing activities. Bycatch is always bad, but for endangered species with already vulnerable populations, it’s devastating. In order to address this critical environmental challenge, we need to find an ingenious way to track this bycatch. Better data collection could lead to better long-term management and protection protocols.

WHY ME? If you have design, programming, or project management chops, you can prevent the accidental death of marine birds. A monetary prize will be awarded to the winning team. Plus, there will be plenty of free food and beer.

WAIT, HOLD ON... WHAT’S A HACKATHON? A hackathon is an event where creative and tech-savvy people collaborate to build solutions for hard-to-solve problems. You’ll fit right in.

FAQs

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please direct your questions to packardx [at] contextpartners [dot] com.

Where can I find some more background on the issue?

Relevant background materials will be shared to the Squawkathon wiki as they become available: wiki.squawkathon.org

Will the David and Lucile Packard Foundation provide funding to further develop concepts?

Through this Squawkathon, the Packard Foundation is interested in surfacing ideas for efficiently monitoring marine bird bycatch. The ideas that come out of the Squawkathon will be all of ours to develop further and build on. At this point in time, the Foundation is not committing resources to the development of any particular idea, but will continue to assess whether our support could have significant impact in the protection of marine birds species. A monetary prize will be awarded to the winning team.

Do I need to come to both days?

Because we have a lot to do in a short amount of time, we are asking participants to attend both the kick-off and the day of the hackathon itself.

Is there a dress code?

Very informal. Wear whatever you work best in.

Will free food and drinks be involved?

Local beer and local food. Duh. It's Portland.

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Thursday
Sep 19, 2013
PDX Big Data Discussion Group

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Large-Scale Matrix Factorization with Distributed Stochastic Gradient Descent by Gemulla, Haas, Nijkamp and Sismanis. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Thursday
Oct 24, 2013
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Computational Methods for Dynamic Graphs by Cortes, Pregibon, and Volinsky. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Saturday
Oct 26, 2013
PSU-TAO Cleanweb Hack (updated)
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

If you haven't already signed up for the Hack tomorrow at PSU, we hope some details included here will entice you. To prepare our participants for a fun and productive day, below are details and resources for the Hack.

Goals: To generate ideas are innovative to solving environmental and sustainability, social equity issues through utilization of software and mobile apps. Don’t forget to have some fun.

Idea Generation: To start, you should ask the following questions: 1) What issues you and your team would like to tackle? (ie. carbon emissions reduction by buildings or vehicles, solar potential identifier, change of personal habits, e-waste tracking, etc.) 2) What do other similar applications exist on the market? Sometimes, building on existing apps can resolve a more refined product. 3) What is the marketability? Is it scalable?

The best project ideas are one that you are passionate about, and have some components of competition and linkage to social media.

Finding Data: While you are brainstorming ideas, you should also consider data availability as well. It is not the end of the world if you don’t have data sets or APIs to mock up a prototype. Simply build your own datasets, even if just a few that are enough for you to test out your product.

See the Cleanweb Hack resource guide for APIs, data sets, sample projects and project ideas. (http://tinyurl.com/m7a744e)

Judging Criteria: At the end of day, your prototype will be scored on these criteria: 1) Impact on resource and sustainability issues 2) Design and usability of prototype 3) Feasibility and marketability 4) Good use of datasets and APIs

Prizes: 1st Place - $500, 2nd Place - $250

Bragging right is priceless.

Our judges are looking forward to your innovations!

Winston Saunders, Director of Data Center Security Initiatives at Intel Chris Harder, Division Manager at the Portland Development Commission (PDC) Skip Newberry, President at the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

Questions? Ask us on Twitter (@cleanwebPDX), Facebook or via email [email protected]

There will be food, drink and good companies. Come out to have some fun!


What is Cleanweb? Cleanweb is a meme, a movement, a market that individuals/organizations are leveraging information technologies to address the world's critical resource challenges. This web of technologies can optimize how we use resources across the way we live, work, and play. It creates the biggest impact and economic opportunity of our time.

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Thursday
Dec 5, 2013
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Ad Click Prediction: a View from the Trenches by McMahan et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Thursday
Jan 9, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Rogue Hall

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Austerity in MCMC Land: Cutting the Metropolis-Hastings Budget by Korattikara, Chen, and Welling. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Monday
Jan 13, 2014
FutureTalk with Amber Case
New Relic

Rise of the Indie Web

What happens when an online service you use freezes your account, loses your data, or goes out of business? Have you ever used a service by a company that suddenly went under, stranding your data? What happened to the Internet in 2003?Do you own your own identity or do you sharecrop? Who owns your data and why? Case will talk about data ownership, identity and the Indie Web, a movement that is taking back ownership of one's own identity and data instead of sharecropping on 3rd party websites.

This is the 3rd event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Doors open at 5:30p for food and drinks, and the presentation will begin right at 6p.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Amber Case is the Director of Esri's R&D Center, Portland, where she works on next generation location-based technology. Previously, she co-founded Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. She recently worked on MapAttack! an urban geofencing game based on Esri technology.

In 2012 she was named one of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers and made Inc Magazine's 30 under 30 with Geoloqi co-founder Aaron Parecki. Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and regularly speaks around the world.

Case is a proponent of data ownership, and uses her domain as her own personal data store and identity provider. Case founded IndieWebCamp with Tantek Çelik and Aaron Parecki in 2010. Case is interested in furthering the ideas of Calm Technology, wearable computing, and the future of the interface. You can follow her on Twitter @caseorganic or at caseorganic.com.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with PIE and TAO

Tuesday
Jan 21, 2014
Hacks/Hackers PDX January Meetup
Mozilla

Yes, Hacks/Hackers PDX is still alive! We have two co-organizers, M. Edward (@znmeb) Borasky and Melissa (@capnleela) Chavez.

For January we’re having a 2014 kickoff round table with lightning talks. We want to hear what journalists and developers are working on and where more collaboration is needed.

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Thursday
Feb 6, 2014
CANCELED - PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Rogue Hall

CANCELED! Forecast is calling for 3-7 inches of snow tonight, the sinus plague is going around, and it's just damn cold. See you in March!

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Image Mining of Historical Manuscripts to Establish Provenance by Hu et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Wednesday
Feb 19, 2014
NTEN Lab: Data-Informed Nonprofits
United Way of Columbia-Willamette

Your nonprofit’s compass should be informed by data. Data-informed nonprofits make strategic decisions not just with experience and instinct, but with metrics and trends collected over time that align with their organizational goals and mission.

The benefits of strategic data management for nonprofits is significant. Interest groups can use it to inform voting records of political candidates; community groups can use it to understand what areas need more access to recreational facilities, or a network of preschools can share their data to spot common behavior patterns. Every organization produces different kinds of data, but it's how the organization uses it to show its impact and inform critical decisions that makes the data valuable.

Caligator discount! Use: NTENLAB30 to get the NTEN Member price!

Why you should attend:

The NTEN Lab is an in-person, collaborative space for shared learning, and an opportunity to connect with your peers to explore different ways to identify and strategically use your organization’s data. You'll learn how to find the data you're already producing, how you can use the data to show your impact, and how to plan future decisions based on the data you have instead of the way you feel.

In addition to breakfast and lunch, attendees will also receive a complimentary hard copy of our recently published e-book, Collected Voices: Data-Informed Nonprofits.

Attendees will learn how to:

1) Create goals that can be measured and reported to your audience 2) Gather the data you need when you're short on time 3) Identify the best ways to collect, aggregate, analyze, and really use your data 4) Foster a culture of data-informed decision making across your team and in your organization

Who should attend:

This Lab is for nonprofit staff members that are interested in learning how to make data-informed decisions in their organization. It is a good fit for nonprofit decision makers across all departments, especially those who are in charge of preparing, or contributing to, their organization's strategic planning process, or annual plans.

Speakers:

Michelle Chaplin, Senior Manager of Online Fundraising, PBS; Matt Koltermann, Client Advisor, Acquia; Brett Meyer, Content Strategist, ThinkShout Inc.; Ash Shepherd, Strategy & Process, Minds on Design Lab.

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Thursday
Mar 13, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Rogue Hall

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Image Mining of Historical Manuscripts to Establish Provenance by Hu et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Thursday
Apr 10, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Rogue Hall

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Palette Power: Enabling Visual Search through Colors by Bhardwaj et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Thursday
May 8, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Engine Yard

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Profiler: Integrated Statistical Analysis and Visualization for Data Quality Assessment by Kandel et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Wednesday
Jun 4, 2014
PDX Graph Meetup - Internet of Things
Swift Collective

Hi Graphistas!

We're back with a bang this summer and having a meetup about the 'Internet of Things' (IoT).

We'll demo our 'Graph of Things' and discuss how IoT is a perfect graph DB use case.

There'll be cool drinks and even cooler people (and pizza).

In the meantime, check out our blog post about the 'Graph of Things.'

Hope to see you there!

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Monday
Jun 9, 2014
FutureTalk with Chris Rieth + Hopworks Happy Hour
New Relic

Data-Powered Government

Join us for an evening with Chris Rieth from Socrata, who has spent his career in public service as a steadfast proponent of public sector innovation, focused on putting data to work to help governments make and share progress using evidence-based policy decisions, engage citizens in new and exciting ways, and leverage technology to improve collaboration and connect stakeholders.

HUB Happy Hour

In addition to our FutureTalk with Chris, Hopworks Urban Brewery will be providing the beer - a re-launch of Gigabit IPA! Gigabit IPA was introduced in 2010 as part of a campaign surrounding the Google Fiber initiative. Hopworks is re-launching Gigabit IPA now because Portland is one of nine metro areas being considered for Google Fiber.

This is the 8th event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Doors will open at 5:30p. The networking happy hour sponsored by Hopworks will kick off with a special announcement at 6p, and includes free beer, food and drinks provided by HUB, Bellagios and New Relic. There will also be a short TAO Dev Com BIG DATA event primer featuring Allen Grimm, Data Scientist at Cloudability and Sovolve. The presentation will begin right at 7p.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Chris works on Socrata’s GovStat initiative and recently served as a top advisor to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley where he helped evolve and build on Maryland’s StateStat performance management solution. StateStat is used by the State of Maryland to manage the vast majority of its agencies, budget, and workforce. StateStat is also credited with significant achievements in outcomes, such as a 24.5 percent reduction in violent crime, and the nation’s number one rating for Maryland’s public school system.

You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisrieth

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

Thursday
Jun 12, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Urban Airship Inc

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is High-Dimensional Visual Analytics: Interactive Exploration Guided by Pairwise Views of Point Distributions by Wilkinson et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Thursday
Jul 10, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Periscopic

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Mondrian Forests: Efficient Online Random Forests by Lakshminarayanan et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Thursday
Sep 4, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Jive Software

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Dynamo: Amazon’s Highly Available Key-value Store by DeCandia etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Tuesday
Sep 16, 2014
Generation​al Change in Enterprise Informatio​n Management - 10 Best Practices
Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

The world of Enterprise Information Management is going through a generational change – the emergence of Big Data technologies in particular is offering new opportunities, but also, perhaps, posing new risks. One issue that comes up in my discussions fairly regularly is "How should we start with metadata management?" Initial metadata management projects often have often foundered because they are wrongly scoped, wrongly structured, poorly justified or based on unverified assumptions. The addition of new technologies to the mix isn’t going to make this easier.

Ian will put metadata management in context of changing information management practices and will walk through 10 "Best Practices" that have proved their worth in creating early success, with a focus on how each one contributes to project value, or cost reduction. I’ll focus on:

  • Justifying metadata management
  • Managing your stakeholders
  • Scoping a project
  • Marketing your solution
  • Managing for sustainability
  • Working with vendors

More information and registration available at www.damapdx.org

Speaker Bio:

Ian Rowlands is a VP of Product Management at ASG. He heads product management for Metadata and Application Management and is also tasked with providing input across ASG’s entire portfolio. Ian has also served as Vice President of ASG’s repository development organization. Prior to joining ASG, Ian served as Director of Indirect Channels for Viasoft, a leading Enterprise Application Management vendor that was later acquired by ASG where he was responsible for relationships with Viasoft’s distributor partners outside North America. He has worked extensively in metadata management and IT systems and financial management, and presented at conferences world-wide, including DAMA and CMG. He also publishes numerous whitepapers as well as blogging for Dataversity on data, metadata and Big Data topics

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Thursday
Sep 25, 2014
Quantified Self Show&Tell
Mozilla

Tracking your mood with your smartphone? Recording your workouts, diet and/or weight? Using a Fitbit, Withings scale, or heart-rate monitor?

Quantified Self is "self-knowledge through numbers" and we want to hear your self-tracking stories! Sign up to give a talk. Our content comes from our community. Show us your graphs, spreadsheets, biometric devices, practical solutions and crazy notions. They are all welcome. We focus on real self-tracking projects involving your personal data.

Or just bring your enthusiasm and come to marvel and learn with us. Sharing is not required if you're just curious to see what this is about! Agenda:

• 6 to 6:30 pm: Doors open. Social time. This is an opportunity to meet other self-trackers and catch up with friends.

• 6:30 pm: Intro to QS plus news. We'll provide a brief intro about QS, as well as, what's been happening in the past months in the news on how people are finding meaning from their personal data.

• 6:45 to 7:15 pm: Scheduled Show&Tell talks. These are 7 minute talks with 5 minutes for questions. This is the meat & potatoes of QS meetups. This is an opportunity to share your story with your peers. Please contact us in advance if you want to give one. We'll send out a list of speakers in advance of the meet up.

• 7:15 to 7:45 pm: Walk-on Show&Tell talks. These are 5 minutes with time for a couple questions. They are signed up for on the day of the event, using a sheet at the welcome table. We’ll go through as many as we can, time permitting.

• 7:45 to 8:30 pm: We'll open things up for general discussion if there's anything that someone wants to bring up to the group. Then we'll break and hang out for awhile. This is a good opportunity to talk with presenters If you're interested in doing a Show&Tell, please mention it in your RSVP or email the organizers in advance. You can also sign up on the day of the event as a walk-on.

We can't wait to see you there!

-Steven, Rob, Mark, Ioan

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Thursday
Oct 9, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Upsight

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is A Crowd of Your Own: Crowdsourcing for On-Demand Personalization by Organisciak etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Wednesday
Oct 15, 2014
OSGeo-PDX monthly meeting
Portland State University Cramer Hall - room 69

Monthly meeting of the open source GIS group PDX-OSGeo.

Discussion of all things spatial and open source.

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Monday
Oct 20, 2014
Data Modeling Zone National Conference
through Sentinel Hotel

Are you interested in (examples below):

  • Agile Data Modeling - Tools and Techniques
  • Data Governance for Data Modelers
  • Heathcare Data SIG
  • Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills for Data Modeling Professionals

These and over 60 other presentations are available when The Data Modeling Zone National Conference comes to Portland this October.

Technics Publications’ annual Data Modeling Zone (DMZ) conference is in Portland, Oregon, October 20-22, at the Sentinel Hotel. DMZ contains over 60 data modeling sessions this year with speakers and attendees traveling from all parts of the globe. The Portland Data Management Association (DAMA) chapter’s annual DAMA Day event is on October 23 so that two speakers presenting at DMZ, John Giles and Karen Lopez, can also speak at Portland DAMA Day.

The Data Modeling Zone World Conference and the Data Management Association (DAMA) Portland Chapter team up to bring two great events to Portland, Oregon this October. Attendees register for Data Modeling Zone at a discount and can attend Portland DAMA Day for free for a savings of over $500.

Check Out the Program: http://www.datamodelingzone.com/Program.aspx

Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11989261.htm

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Thursday
Oct 23, 2014
Portland DAMA Day
Tiger Woods Center, Nike campus, Beaverton, OR

Portland DAMA Day will take place on October 23rd and two data modeling experts will present, John Giles (all the way from Australia!) and Karen Lopez.

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Wednesday
Nov 5, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Urban Airship Inc

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Beyond Clicks: Dwell Time for Personalization by Yi etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

There will be pizza.

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Monday
Nov 10, 2014
FutureTalks PDX with Isaac & Baxter + Special Happy Hour
New Relic

Emergence of the Marketing Engineer

Software is eating the world, and now more than ever modern Marketers rely on software platforms to engage the right audience, with the right message, at the right time. Learn how marketing technology, automation, and an engineering mindset is shaping a new type of marketer and a new type of engineer.

Join us on November 10 when we'll hear from New Relic's own Isaac Wyatt and Baxter Denney on the future of Marketing Technology and the emergence of Marketing Engineers. See a demo of our mashup of Marketing & Application Data using our real-time analytics platform, New Relic Insights.

› Doors will open at 5:30p for a special networking happy hour! The food and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic. The presentation will begin right at 6:30p.

› Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Isaac is a marketing ops manager at New Relic. He came to New Relic with 10 years of business and SaaS experience, 8 in SaaS. His two pillars of expertise are marketing automation and marketing analytics.

Baxter is a marketing ops geek, having led Marketing Ops and DemandGen teams at Citrix and Couchbase. Prior to that he was a marketing consultant, specializing in politics and sports marketing. Currently he leads the Marketing Operations team at New Relic.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

Tuesday
Nov 18, 2014
DAMAPDX: Data Mining for Data Modelers (Formulating business problems as data mining problems)
200 SW Market Street

The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking, data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job

This will be a brief introduction to some of the important concepts that arise in data mining in general and classification analysis in particular. The focus in this presentation will be helping attendees to develop their ability to frame business problems as data mining problems.

Through a demonstration driven presentation format, attendees will be exposed to a variety of data mining topics. Throughout the demo, attention will be paid to points of intersection with traditional data modeler work products including the data dictionary and dimensional data model. I will also leave you with a variety of links and references for additional study on your own.

Particular topics that will be addressed:

  • Formulating business problems as data mining problems
  • Supervised Learning
  • Classification methods including Decision Tree and Logistic Regression
  • Model Validation
  • No math!

Registration Required

Please register at the DAMA PDX site (continental breakfast served)

Free for members and employees of corporate members.

$15 for guests to help cover speaker costs. See the DAMAPDX site for a list of corporate members.

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Wednesday
Dec 3, 2014
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Urban Airship Inc

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Materialization Strategies in a Column-Oriented DBMS by Abadi etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

There will be pizza.

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Wednesday
Jan 7, 2015
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Yieldbot

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Large-Scale High-Precision Topic Modeling on Twitter by Yang etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

There will be pizza.

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Tuesday
Jan 20, 2015
Enterprise Analytics: Strategies and Partnerships
200 SW Market Street

The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking, data-centric prosentations that will make you more successful in your job.

More and more organizations are working to strategically leverage data analytics in pursuit of their mission and competitive advantage. This presentation will provide an overview of the current thinking and practice in the development of enterprise analytics capabilities.

We will start with an overview of organizational analytics development as well as a framework for analytic success. From there we will present some of the new roles being created and new organizational approaches being developed to advance analytic strategy and best leverage scarce resources.

The goal is to add to your understanding of enterprise analytics development as well as your familiarity with new roles being created to support this development. We hope that this information and discussion will help you to support the advancement of analytics practice in your organization.

About the Presenter

Wil O’Shea is the Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Pacific University as well as a freelance Tableau consultant. Institutional research is the central analytical function in colleges and universities providing analytic support, reporting, data visualization, and analysis for internal and external audiences.

In addition to his current roles, Wil has worked in a variety of analytic positions in online retail, utilities, financial services, and government organizations. Wil is the leader of the Portland area Tableau user group as well as a member of the board for the regional institutional research association. He has presented and lead workshops at numerous scholarly and professional forums.

Schedule and Registration

  • 8:00 - 8:30 am - Sign In
  • 8:30 - 9:45 am - Presentation
  • 9:45 - 10:00 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
  • 10:00 - 11:00 am - Presentation continued
  • Please register at the DAMA PDX site (continental breakfast served)
  • Free for members and employees of corporate members.
  • $15 for guests to help cover speaker and refreshment costs.
  • See the corporate member list (and register) at http://www.damapdx.org/

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association is a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

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Wednesday
Jan 21, 2015
OSGeo-PDX monthly meeting
Portland State University Cramer Hall - room 409

Monthly meeting of the open source GIS group PDX-OSGeo.

Discussion of all things spatial and open source. Tonight's guest is Dave Mangold, who will speak to us about how to create great cartographic products using QGIS and Inkscape.

Attendees of FOSS4G will remember the excellent map that Dave produced for the printed program [1].

From Dave's Description of his map:

This map was created entirely from freely available data and open-source software. Data were obtained as shapefile downloads from METRO RLIS. These shapefiles were then loaded into a PostGIS database as spatial tables. The initial map was created in QGIS. This map was then saved in a vector format and finished in InkScape, where label adjustment and creation, feature layering, and annotation were accomplished. On the map, if you look closely at the southern portion of Naito Street (right edge of left panel), you will see a hidden tribute to the free and open-source resources used.

[1] https://2014.foss4g.org/wp-content/uploads/mapgallery/orig/150.png

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Thursday
Feb 5, 2015
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
New Relic

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Visual Analysis of Large Heterogeneous Social Networks by Semantic and Structural Abstraction by Shen etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

There will be pizza.

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Tuesday
Feb 17, 2015
Tell a Better Story: Ignite Change
Nike West Campus

The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking, data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job.

If you want to be remembered when you leave the room, tell a story. Gone are the days when people will willingly do something just because you put together a PowerPoint presentation with great facts and logic. This month’s session will teach you how to unite an idea (often your facts and logic) with emotion to help influence others to take on change. Through a series of fun, engaging exercises, learn how to more easily influence stakeholders, peers, and others. No previous storytelling skills required.

About the Presenter

As Founder and CEO of Positive Disruption, Kim LaFever specializes in working with teams in transition. By leveraging the power of team performance tools, the latest research on the science of change, and her leadership experience within Fortune 100 companies, she helps teams navigate change faster, with less stress, more resilience, and better results.

Kim founded Positive Disruption to provide clients with tools and training to help teams improve their quality and speed of delivery, communicate better, move through change more quickly, and stop the madness of “Groundhog Day” where teams seem to have the same meetings over and over again without really getting anywhere.

As a motivational and keynote speaker, Kim delivers presentations and training workshops on communication, leadership, transition and change to large corporations, professional organizations, athletic teams, and community groups.

Registration Required

Please register at the DAMA PDX site (continental breakfast served)

Free for members and employees of corporate members.

$15 for guests to help cover speaker costs and refreshments. See the DAMA PDX site for a list of corporate members.

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Wednesday
Feb 18, 2015
OSGeo-PDX monthly meeting - CartoCSS and UTFGrids for collaborative mapping
Portland State University Cramer Hall - room 409

Monthly meeting of the open source GIS group PDX-OSGeo.

Discussion of all things spatial and open source. Tonight's guest is Nick Martinelli who will speak to us about using CartoCSS and UTFGrids for collaborative mapping.

From Nick's Description of the project:

Warning, this talk is about cartographers designing and building web applications. Tasked with making a mapping application for internal business use, we reached out for open source tools that could be combined to produce a platform for collaborative mapping and data sharing. We used tools like Mapbox.js, windshaft, mapnik, and PostGIS to build a web based application that allows its users to create, filter, edit, and share interactive maps and data with teams or individuals. The presentation will take you through the challenges of building on FOSS, and the importance of small group collaborative mapping. Highlights will be our efforts to use great, but occasionally sparsely documented FOSS code and tools, and the sometimes challenging chore of making them play nice together. Also, discussion of why we feel collaborative editing and creation of dynamic maps is an important future focus for web mapping applications. Last, the product we ended up with, and continue to develop for private use opens up the conversation about how to best give back to the FOSS community from the private sector.

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Monday
Mar 9, 2015
FutureTalk with Bill Hersh + Happy Half-Hour
New Relic

Big Data in Healthcare and Biomedicine:

Opportunities and Challenges

› Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Medicine is one of the last areas to fully embrace information technology. However, recent investments have led to widespread use of electronic health records while advances in gene sequencing and other biotechnologies have now led medicine to be awash in data. While this data provides new opportunities for better understanding of health and disease, there are also many challenges to its effective use. In this talk, Dr. Hersh will describe the potential for Big Data in Healthcare and Biomedicine but also discuss the myriad of challenges for its effective use.

William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FACP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research.

› Doors will open at 5:30 for a 30-minute networking happy half-hour! The food, beer and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

› Stay tuned for the latest developments and updates on this and upcoming events by joining our Meetup group, New Relic FutureTalks PDX, and following us on Twitter @newrelic.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

Thursday
Mar 12, 2015
Implementing a Data-Centric Strategy & Roadmap - Focus on What Really Matters
Portland State University (PSU)

The Portland Data Management user group (DAMA) is committed to thought-provoking presentations that you can apply to your work.

Data is the lifeblood of just about every organization and functional area today. As businesses struggle to come to grips with the data tsunami, it is even more critical to focus on data as an asset that directly supports business imperatives as other organizational assets do. Organizations across most industries attempt to address data opportunities (e.g. Big Data) and data challenges (e.g. data quality) to enhance business unit performance. Unfortunately however, the results of these efforts frequently fall far below expectations due to haphazard approaches. Overall, poor organizational data management (OM) capabilities are the root cause of many of these failures. This workshop will cover three lessons as illustrated in examples, which will help you to establish realistic OM plans and expectations, and help demonstrate the value of such actions to both internal and external decision makers.

Among others, you'll walk away with three takeaways:

  • That organizational thinking must change: Value-added data management practices must be considered and included as a vital part of your business 's strategy.
  • Walk before you run with data focused initiatives: Understand and implement necessary data management prerequisites as a foundation, then build upon that foundation.
  • That there are no silver bullets: Tools alone are not the answer. Specifying business requirements, business practices and data governance are almost always more important.


    Speaker Bio: Peter Aiken, Ph.D., is widely acclaimed as one of the top ten data management authorities worldwide. As a practicing data consultant, author and researcher, he has been actively performing in and studying data management for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions and consulted with more than 50 organizations in 20 countries across numerous industries, including defense, banking, healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing. He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and author of multiple publications, including his latest book “Monetizing Data Management”. Peter is the Founding Director of Data Blueprint, a data management consulting firm that puts organizations on the right path to leverage data for competitive advantage and operational efficiency. He is also past President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I).

    Schedule
    8:00 - 8:30 am - Sign In
    8:30 - 9:45 am - Presentation
    9:45 - 10:00 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
    10:00 - 11:00 am - Presentation continued

    Cost and Registration
    Free for DAMA Portland members!
    $15 for guests
    See the damapdx.org website for a list of corporate members

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Ignite V6
Alberta Rose Theatre

1 mic, 5 minutes, 20 slides, 300 peers in the audience... no pressure, right?

What is Ignite? Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global - Ignite is all of these and more. This Ignite is focused on all things tech.

This Year's Presenters & Topics include- Ken York (@kennethryork) - #MakeItMeaningful Pinky Gonzales (@pinkygonzales) - The Certified Customer and the Future of Product Marketing Rich Bader - Rich Bader’s Excellent Pyrotechnic Adventures Larry Taylor (@ltaylor_intel) - Conquering Municipal Services with the principles of ITIL & Service Management Temese Szaliai (@temeseszalai) - Who do you think you are anyway? Charlie Levenson (@CharlieLevenson) - Everything about Success in Life I learned at the Movies Mounir Shita (@mounirshita) - "Al is going to change the world" - Really? Deena Pierott (@deenapierott)- I created a Spark, now What? Aaron Epperson (@acepperson) - Customer Service people are no cannor fodder Richard Lazar - When cars, bedrooms, and drones collide with the "regulatory state", wild things happen Andrew Ferlitsch - Open Data in the Pacific Northwest Bryant Syme (@bryzaguy) - TDD Mythology Charles Austen Angell (@austenangell) - The 10 Design Lessons from Rally Racing Eric Rosenberry (@eprosenx)- Why your business Internet sucks in Oregon and what to do about it *Michael Krause (@olikrause) - Embracing the Challenge of Growing Past Programming

Why attend Ignite TAO? As an attendee, you'll learn about emerging, innovative, unconventional, inspiring, locally-sourced concepts and tools. Come connect with a diverse and passionate crowd of like-minded technology enthusiasts and most of all, have fun!

In addition to the presentations, we are partnering with Free Geek to help you give back to the community. If you're not familiar with Free Geek, they are a non-profit organization that transforms used technology into opportunity, education & community! We are encouraging all attendees to give back & bring an electronic device that is not needed anymore. Specifically we're looking for smaller mobile devices such as: Laptops, Mobile Phones & Tablets.

And if giving back wasn't enough, thanks to VanderHouwen & Associates, the first 100 people that donate a device to Free Geek at Ignite will get a drink ticket! This drink ticket will be redeemable at the Alberta Rose for a free glass of beer or wine.

Event Details: When: Thursday, March 12, 2015 Where: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211

Timeline: 5:30 PM - Doors Open 6:30 PM - Presentations Start with Intermission 9:00 PM - End of Program

Share the Night: Hashtag - #IgniteTAOv6

Food and Beverage: Pasties, snacks, sweets, beer, wine, and various non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase

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Wednesday
Mar 18, 2015
Learn to Evaluate (and Improve) Your Workshop
Hatch

Successfully learning from our experiences (both good and bad) is tricky businesses. Evaluating and learning from our own talks, demo’s, and workshops can be a piece of cake, and this workshop will show you how! Learn tools of the trade for assessing any learning experience for depth of learning, audience engagement, and more. You’ll leave with another tool in your toolkit for learning design!

You will... ...Learn how to evaluate on the fly during a presentation or workshop ...Learn how to create surveys and questions that accurately assess your workshop ...Learn how to incorporate feedback into your work for next time

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OSGeo-PDX monthly meeting - Mapbox GL for JavaScript
Portland State University Cramer Hall - room 409

Monthly meeting of the open source GIS group PDX-OSGeo.

Discussion of all things spatial and open source. Tonight's guest is Justin Miller who will speak to us about Mapbox GL for JavaScript, "which despite being in active development, is totally usable for certain projects". The particular project he built out is a travel choropleth map with dynamic interaction-based styling, all rendered as vectors in the browser.

Read more about Justin's project here: http://justinmiller.io/posts/2015/01/20/anatomy-of-a-travel-map/

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Saturday
Mar 28, 2015
Storytelling with Data Demo Night
George S. Turnbull Center, University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication

Hack Oregon and UO-SOJC's Agora Center Journalism Center Storytelling with Data Event 


Celebrate the end of our workshop with a live preview of our data-driven stories!


What is it?

We've assembled the best and brightest teams of designers, journalists, and technologists to tell data-driven stories on inspired by some of the biggest issues facing Portland and Oregon.  

We'll be working 3 days straight to create articles that we hope and plan to publish with different local media partners, and we want to share our work with you! 

Come support our teams and enjoy a compelling evening of data-discovery. 

Project themes and media partners:

Cascadia Earthquake Preparedness- OPB

Campaign Finance- Willamette Week

Innovation Economy-Portland Business Journal

Education- The Oregonian

Sustainable Development- Surprise! 

Story of the Story- Wieden Kennedy

 

 

RSVP early, limited space available. 

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Thursday
Apr 9, 2015
PDX Big Data Discussion Group
BigTable

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

This month's paper is Geotagging One Hundred Million Twitter Accounts with Total Variation Minimization by Compton etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

There will be food.

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Wednesday
Apr 15, 2015
OSGeo-PDX monthly meeting - SpiderOSM (spiderosm.org)
Portland State University Cramer Hall - 4th floor

Monthly meeting of the open source GIS group PDX-OSGeo.

Discussion of all things spatial and open source. Tonight's guest is Katie Urey who will speak to us about SpiderOSM. Street conflation is a long time difficult problem and this is a project that looks very useful. The project gives Portland lots of attention as well.

SpiderOSM is an open source python package for matching segments in one path network, e.g., streets and trails, to corresponding segments in another, based on geography and network connectivity. This allows joining together attribute data from separate sources. Importantly authoritative jurisdictional data can be correlated with the rich, crowd-sourced, user editable and extensible, Open Street Maps data. Multifactor match scoring, allows data to be joined only for high confidence matches.

The initial version of the matcher was coded in early 2014 specifically to combine Open Street Map data with Portland Oregon area jurisdictional data (RLIS) to facilitate pedestrian infrastructure analysis and planning. Since then the code has been refactored into a generally useful python package that installs, via pip, and works on all three major platforms: Mac OSX, Linux and Windows. The code is stable and mature, with version 1.0 just around the corner.

The developer, Michael Arnold, is now focusing on developing applications, and finding users and collaborators. On going projects where help would be very welcome include:

  1. The Portland Area Mismatched Name Survery (looking at name mismatches between OSM and RLIS identified by SpiderOSM.) Some folks at TriMet and others at PDOT have begun this project, but there is ALOT to be done!

  2. A QGIS Plug-in for spiderOSM. Ryan Peterson has recently begun this project, and would welcome help.

  3. Help getting the word out: publicizing spiderOSM online and at appropriate events. Alternately, advice and encouragement in this process. :)

Another opportunity, not yet begun: looking for someone interested in developing an ESRI Plug-in for spiderOSM.

Read more about SpiderOSM

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Tuesday
Apr 21, 2015
Learn about the Data Management Maturity Model
Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

In the current era of global business where information and access reign supreme, the companies that are able to leverage their corporate data assets to the fullest are the companies where people flourish.

The Portland Data Management user group (DAMAPDX.org) is dedicated to delivering thought provoking, data-centric presentations that will make you more successful as a data professional. We are volunteer-run organization serving the local data community for over 10 years.

On 21Apr, our topic is the Data Management Maturity Model, featuring Melanie Mecca from CMMI. Registration is required. Visit damapdx.org for more information and to register.

The DMM model helps organizations become more proficient in managing critical data assets to improve operations, enable analytics and gain competitive advantage. The DMM model serves as a catalyst and a platform for the growth of a global community of professionals and practitioners who are committed to advancing the state of the practice.

The DMM model was developed using the principles and structure of CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) a proven approach to performance improvement and the gold standard for software and systems development for more than 20 years, originating in Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.

Over the last two decades CMMI has been adopted in over 94 countries, applied in thousands of organizations, and has directly impacted the professional development of over 150,000 people.

About The Speaker

Melanie Mecca is the CMMI Institute’s Program Manager for the Data Management Maturity (DMM) Model, and a primary author of the DMM since January 2011.

She has led DMM Assessments for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Financial Research, Microsoft Corporation, Fannie Mae, the Federal Reserve System Statistics Function, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Freddie Mac.

She has architected and implemented data strategies and organization-wide data management improvement programs, and managed programs and projects to design: enterprise data architectures, master data hubs, data warehouse components, and shared data services.

Schedule

  • 8:00 - 8:30 am - Sign In
  • 8:30 - 9:45 am - Presentation
  • 9:45 - 10:00 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
  • 10:00 - 11:00 am - Presentation continued
  • Free for members!
  • $15 for guests
  • See damapdx.org for the list of our corporate members
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    Monday
    May 11, 2015
    FutureTalk Smart Cities Panel + Happy Half-Hour
    New Relic

    The Internet-of-Things (IoT), Big Data and Smart Cities

    › Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

    Portland is participating in the Global City Teams Challenge, which is a year-long initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city environment. The presentation will explore some of the ways in which cities are leveraging technology as infrastructure and developing platforms that foster innovation and enable widespread adoption of applications. In particular, we will discuss the Global City Teams Project that is underway here in Portland, including ways in which the region can utilize the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Big Data to create intelligent transportation systems and improve air quality.

    Smart cities do not include humans being smart.

    Skip Newberry is the President of the Technology Association of Oregon, one of the nation’s fastest-growing trade associations dedicated to supporting technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship at a regional level. Before joining the TAO, Skip served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster. While at the City of Portland, Skip’s projects included the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy at the municipal level, a regional open data initiative, and the development of resources to support entrepreneurship, like the Portland Seed Fund. Previously, Skip was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur. Skip is the incoming Chairman of the Board of Directors of TECNA, Technology Councils of North America, which is a global network of technology and entrepreneurship associations, and he serves on Worksystems Inc.’s Workforce Investment Board and the Advisory Board of Oregon FIRST Robotics. Skip is also a 2012 recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award.

    Wilfred Pinfold is computational and data scientist who has used computers to model some of the most interesting engineering and scientific challenges of our time. After completing his PhD in computational fluid dynamics he applied computer simulation to engineering challenges in aerospace, automotive and offshore strictures, scientific challenges in climate modeling, astrophysics, chemistry, and genomics and control challenges in power grid, and smart cities. He is an accomplished innovator and entrepreneur having studied business at Stanford he launched numerous business initiatives including in bioinformatics and analytic software. Dr. Pinfold teaches innovation and entrepreneurship at Portland State University and has severed on numerous commercial and non-profit boards.

    Mike Reich is the founder and CEO of Seabourne, with more than 10 years of experience building technology businesses. Mike has a passion for technology that solves tough, data-driven business challenges. A skilled technical architect and facilitator, he has developed innovative information solutions and strategies for the US Federal Communications Commission, Olympus, GNIP, NBC Sports, World Resources Institute, Cogstate Ltd, US General Services Administration, the US Department of Energy, the US Department of Commerce, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Centers for Disease Control, and the Cascade Land Conservancy.

    › Doors will open at 5:30 for a 30-minute networking happy half-hour! The food, beer and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

    › Stay tuned for the latest developments and updates on this and upcoming events by joining our Meetup group, New Relic FutureTalks PDX, and following us on Twitter @newrelic.

    › FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

    Thursday
    May 14, 2015
    PDX Big Data Discussion Group
    Simple

    "No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

    We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

    This month's paper is Feature Selection For High-Dimensional Clustering by Wasserman, Azizyan, and Singh. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

    Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

    There will be food.

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    Tuesday
    May 19, 2015
    GAP Inc's Data Architect speaking in Portland May 19th at DAMA PDX
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    How does GAP, Inc respond to the challenge of bringing together metadata across all their data systems? Gap's Data Architect, Alain Knechtli, will be coming to Portland May 19th to tell us about their common framework for reporting and management.

    Fellow Lovers of Data, join me for this great opportunity for face-to-face education. For more information and to register, go to damapdx.org.

    Summary

    Many organizations are stuck with a plethora of disparate systems. This presentation will address GAP Inc.’s response to the challenge of bringing together metadata under a common framework for reporting and management. It will also include a forward looking strategy for incorporating new or narrowly technologies into the metadata framework.

    • Agile Logical modeling? • What’s left to model? Measuring the metadata backlog • When is a model just barely good enough? • Ubiquitous language - Dealing with synonyms, and dialects • Managing technical debt when there are discrepancies across applications and domains • Modeling services • Modeling new technologies • How do legacy systems implement the Enterprise Logical Model?

    SPEAKER BIO

    Alain Knechtli is a seasoned data architect with over 30 years of experience across many facets of information technology. In the data architecture and metadata sphere, a partial list of Alain's clients includes GE, Cisco, Netflix, and Gap Inc. Alain is currently playing a key role in Gap Inc.'s endeavor to expand the traditional modeling paradigm to include non-traditional sources and environments. His leadership has enabled the creation of a modeling framework that includes legacy and new applications in an agile environment. He has facilitated the evolution of data architecture from a 'bottleneck' to a 'facilitator' of rapid, incremental development.

    Event Details

    When: May 19, 2015

    Schedule: 8:00 - 8:30 am - Sign In 8:30 - 9:45 am - Presentation 9:45 - 10:00 am - Break, Chapter Announcements 10:00 - 11:00 am - Presentation continued

    Location: Standard Insurance Building 900 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

    Cost: Free for members! $15 for guests to cover speaker travel costs and refreshments ($5 for students with current ID). See damapdx.org for the list of our corporate members

    About DAMA - Portland Chapter

    The Portland Data Management user group (DAMAPDX.org) is dedicated to delivering thought provoking, data-centric presentations that will make you more successful as a data professional. We are volunteer-run organization serving our local data community since the 1980s.

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    Wednesday
    May 20, 2015
    OSGeo-PDX monthly meeting
    Portland State University Cramer Hall - room 409

    Monthly meeting of the open source GIS group PDX-OSGeo.

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    Wednesday
    Jun 10, 2015
    Empower Your Business with Enterprise and Self-service Analytics
    Courtyard by Marriott City Center, Portland

    Join Data Informed and IBM for this free, analytics-oriented forum. Hear experts discuss key points of a data program, including how to:

    -Sanity-check your analytics strategy so it is primed for self-service

    -Turn unstructured data into actionable intelligence

    -Get best practices for analytics platforms & self-service

    -Prepare for mobile access to analytics throughout the business

    -Examine security models and governance mandates

    -Evaluate how hybrid cloud strengthens your self-service capabilities

    -Hear client case studies of how real companies employ self-service BI

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    Wednesday
    Jul 8, 2015
    Partially Derivative Happy Hour!
    White Owl Social Club

    Hey gang! Chris and Jonathon are in Portland this week. Come hang out with other data geeks for a few drinks!

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    Tuesday
    Nov 17, 2015
    Love Your Data: Data Modeling Contentious Issues - Karen Lopez coming to DAMA PDX
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    I have had the pleasure of hearing Karen Lopez speak at data conferences before. She is an engaging, informative speaker on a wide range of data topics. Coming to Portland from Toronto to speak at our local DAMA chapter Nov 17th.

    The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job.

    Details

    A highly interactive and popular session where attendees evaluate the options and best practices of common and advanced data modeling issues, such as:

    • Party/party role
    • Natural vs. surrogate keys
    • Agile & other modern methods
    • Who does what?
    • Data type precision vs delivery time
    • Standards vs proprietary Modeling
    • Data Modeling patterns
    • ...and more.

    Participants in this session will be presented with an issue along with a range of responses or possible solutions. Participants will vote on their preferred response, then the group as a whole will discuss the results, along with the merits of each possible response. If the specific issue has been discussed in other presentations, a summary of the responses of the other groups will be presented. The goal of this workshop is to help practitioners identify potential points of conflict in data modeling, as well as alternative approaches to resolving the issues.

    About Karen Lopez

    Karen López is a principal consultant at InfoAdvisors, Inc., a Toronto-based consulting firm. Karen has spoken at several DAMA conferences and DAMA Chapters. She has 20 years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen specializes in the practical application of data management principles.

    She wants you to love your data.

    Schedule

    • 8:30 - 9:00 am - Sign In
    • 9:00 - 10:15 am - Presentation
    • 10:15 - 10:30 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
    • 10:30 - 11:30 am - Presentation continued

    Free for members! See website for our corporate members. $15 for guests to cover speaker travel costs and refreshments.

    The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

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    Wednesday
    Jan 27, 2016
    Discover the stories in your data, democratically
    Uncorked Studios

    Information is for everyone. As full participants in the knowledge economy, access to information is a basic tenet that we all cherish, especially when it comes to increasing that access to help make better choices. The better informed we are, the better decisions we make. Today, IT and dev functions in companies are often the guardians that maintain, manage, collect, and tend to the vast amounts of information that is being generated as data.

    But what if we made it easier for all non-technical folks to understand data with intelligent, intuitive visualization tools? They would all have increased access to information! Our individual perspectives can bring about new insights where each team member stands to gain from finding their own perspective pattern in the data.

    Our goal is to democratize data, to put the data exploration and discovery into the hands of the many.

    In this event, we intend to fully involve the audience and have a personalized discussion on this novel new way to see the same data from different perspectives. What are the advantages? What are the challenges? How can the technical departments mitigate these challenges? These questions and more will be tackled. Speaker

    Vidya Spandana - Popily Vidya builds high-growth, high-impact startups that succeed ethically. She’s currently the chief growth officer at Popily. As a college undergraduate, Vidya co-founded DMV.org and turned it into a multi-million dollar business before turning 21. The company made the Inc. 5000 list, reporting 391% growth in three years. More recently Vidya worked with the White House as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, helping the Office of Science and Technology Policy with the mandate to leverage open data and partnerships to promote economic growth in the world’s poorest countries. She has delivered keynote talks at TEDxPDX 2015: Diversity of Thought and TechFestNorthWest. Vidya has been a mentor and advisor at various early-stage venture firms and startup accelerators such as TechStars, KickLabs and Astia. She is also a co-host of Partially Derivative, the popular data science podcast. For more information on Vidya’s work, please visit: vidyaspandana.com

    Event Details: Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Time: 5:30-7:30 PM Location: Uncorked Studios Price: Members $25 | Nonmembers $45 *Tickets are limited for this event

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    Thursday
    Mar 31, 2016
    March Camp Optimization Meet-Up
    Ecliptic Brewing

    Camp Optimization's mission is simple: provide a casual, fun and informative forum for digital marketers and technologists to share optimization best-practices, challenges and wins.

    This month’s discussion topic: The Power of Unified Customer Data & Segment Marketing. Camp Optimization welcomes Craig Schinn, Senior Director of Solutions Consulting at Lytics. With a strong analytics background, and over 15 years e-commerce and digital marketing experience, Craig knows how to turn customer data into dollars. Join us this month as we discuss the power of customer journey mapping, and hear first hand what it takes to create more effective personalized experiences across email, web, and mobile.

    Lytics is a Portland-based, easy-to-use customer data platform that creates insightful user profiles for powering personalized marketing. Check them out here www.getlytics.com.

    We'll be meeting at Ecliptic Brewing for some beer and casual networking. First round is on us! Make sure to spread the word and don't forget to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

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    Sunday
    May 22, 2016
    Hack Oregon Spring Buildathon
    Revolution Hall

    Hack Oregon Spring Buildathon!



    Presented with The Oregonian and OregonLive



    What is it?

    Believe it or not, Hack Oregon actually doesn’t really do a lot of Hackathons. We form specialized teams to build software and open data stories for important themes in Oregon, and work and iterate incrementally over months to create a product.

    The “Buildathon” is the one day where we open up our project teams for guest contributors that want to be part of the magic and build something amazing, but might not have the time to participate in our months-long project season.

    What’s the goal?

    The Buildathon is a production sprint. We’ve laid the groundwork to do research, visualizations, and data storytelling quickly, and we need your help to bring our projects to the next level. Be prepared to make friends and be an instant part of our Hack Oregon family!

    How can I get involved?

    By joining our sprint, you’ll be placed with a team that needs extra hands on deck in your particular skill set. We’re working toward a public demo day in June, where you can proudly present alongside your team.

    Here are the two ways to join the event:

    1. We have open roles for experienced developers, creatives, and multimedia storytellers on each team. If you'd like to join one of the project teams for the day, we'll need to match you with the team that needs your skills most and give you an onboarding package. Fill out this inquiry form along with your eventbrite RSVP, and we will be in touch with you shortly!
    2. If you are a new to coding or want to contribute in a non-tech way, we have a highly appreciated team working on research, fact-checking, and user testing. No inquiry form required, just go ahead and RSVP for "Research Team". We can't wait to meet you!

    Perks

    • Team T Shirt
    • All Day Food
    • Profound Glory

    Project Teasers

    Food Insecurity: “Oregon Hunger Equation”

    Why does Oregon consistently have one of the highest reported rates of food insecurity in the country? We’re analyzing links between regional cost of living, benefit programs, and local school districts to solve for systemic causes of hunger at home.

    Campaign Finance: “Behind the Curtain”

    Hack Oregon has the only machine readable database for local campaign finance in the country. We’re adding in new meta-data and working on fascinating high level view of influence and money in Oregon’s election cycles.

    Urban Development: “Plot PDX”

    Data can tell us a lot about our neighborhoods. We’re building maps that take a non-typical approach to hard truths about urban growth, concentration of wealth, and the digital divide.

    Agriculture: “Crop Compass”

    In the Pacific Northwest, we live in one of the most rich biospheres in the world, with global demand for Oregon grown products. We have the ability to produce a wide range of food in Oregon, but we’re far from self-sustaining. How do our economic and environmental factors work together to shape our food system?

    Education: "Programming for Progress"

    Across Oregon, some schools are lucky enough to have free or low cost summer school programming and/or afterschool programming. How much of a difference can that programming make for early literacy, attendance, and future academic success of students? What does could this say about Oregon’s statewide performance, and especially those districts facing higher poverty?

    Eventbrite RSVP Here!

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    Wednesday
    Jul 27, 2016
    Notion's Little Data Happy Hour
    Central Office

    Summer Orientation starts now! Learn how Little Data can lead to BIG results. For anyone interested in how to manage and align your team with data, learn from product experiments, and answer the questions "How are we doing?" and "How can we be better?"

    Notion hosts a Portland-based, quarterly speaker series, and you're invited! Be inspired by leaders who use data to identify bottlenecks and build a collaborative data culture. You'll join members of Portland's vibrant tech and startup communities while enjoying some tasty snacks and beverages.

    Many thanks to CENTRL Office for hosting Wednesday, July 27!

    RSVP now to reserve your spot as there will be a limited number of tickets available!

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    Thursday
    Sep 15, 2016
    The Road to Self Service Analytics--an alteryx hands-on workshop
    Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

    -Connect to and cleanse data from spreadsheets, data warehouses, cloud applications, and more

    -Easily join data from multiple sources, and repair the process on demand using new data

    -Perform preditive, statistical, and spatial analytics using an intuitive user interface, without writing code

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    Monday
    Sep 19, 2016
    Quantified Self Show&Tell Talks (w/ QS co-founder Gary Wolf)
    Puppet

    Please join us for a night of conversation on self tracking and monitoring where you share ideas, tools and experiments with the Portland Quantified Self community.

    This is a special meeting for we will be joined by Gary Wolf, the co-founder of Quantified Self and Sara Riggare, a QS community member from Sweden and person with Parkinson's.

    This event is occurring just before the World Parkinson Congress, which we are lucky to be having in Portland this year. To kick it off, Sara is having her own event on Sunday , 9/18) focused specifically on using QS to manage Parkinson's.

    If you are self tracking in any way – life logging, biometrics, athletic performance, mood, sleep, medical symptoms, happiness, energy, etc. – come and share your methods, results and insight.

    Here's our agenda:

    •Informal Social Time - Starting at 6pm
    Come early to socialize with other QSers and share what hardware, apps, and other technologies you are currently finding useful.

    •Intro and Announcements - 6:15 sharp!
    We'll have a round of introductions, and Gary Wolf will kick off the evening.

    •Presentations - 6:30 to 7:30

        • Lillian Karabaic - My Quantified Self Zine

        • Sara Riggare - Using Data to Manage Parkinson's

        • Hobson Lane - NLP Sentiment Analysis of My Daily Journal

        • Steven Jonas - Learning to Like New Music With Spaced Repetition

    •Post-talks Social Time - 7:30 to 8 pm
    After some amazing presentations, we will have some time to converse with those around us.

    *Where our talks come from: Our talks come from you! Do you have a personal self-tracking story to share? Please let us know in your RSVP. You can let the three prime questions guide your presentation: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

    Here are some examples from previous Quantified Self events: http://vimeo.com/groups/quantifiedself/videos/27380858 http://vimeo.com/28734230

    Our thanks to Kyoko and Kaitlynn at Puppet and for lending us this space.

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    Wednesday
    Sep 21, 2016
    Refresh Portland: Using Data to Disrupt Your Brain: Less Biased Product Management
    New Relic

    Our Topic

    Did you think you were more healthy before you started wearing a FitBit? In this talk, Laure will review how using data can help to make better decisions for products, software development, and life in general. The human brain depends on a combination of rational processes and gut reactions, and learning how and when to trust them both in concert allows for great decisions.

    Our implicit and unseen biases often step from good intuition, but in order to make reality-based choices, it helps to use quantitative and qualitative data to check ourselves and get the facts.

    Our Presenter, Laure Parsons

    Laure Parsons is a Senior Product Manager at Notion, the analytics layer for intelligent teams. Prior to her work at Notion, she led the marketing-communications efforts at live chat leader Olark, and lead specific projects that spanned product and operations. As a consultant, she also helped a number of startup companies on product acquisition and activation.

    Before moving into technology, she held a number of leadership roles in independent film distribution and production. Laure has served on several non-profit boards and, in perhaps the highlight of her career, was a DJ at WFMU, the country’s premiere independent radio station.

    Website
    Monday
    Oct 10, 2016
    pdxrlang meetup: Hadley Wickham - Data science with R
    Reed College, Eliot Hall

    To do data science you need five sets of verbs: import, tidy, transform, visualise, and model. Importantly, you also need a way to connect these tools together so that your analysis flows from one step to another, without you beating your head against the wall. In this talk, I discuss the idea of the pipe as it is implemented in R with the magrittr package. You’ll learn why the pipe makes your code easier to read, and see how it provides a unifying interface throughout your complete workflow.

    Come along to learn about why I think pipelines are awesome and see how pipelines + tidyr, dplyr, ggplot2, and purrr can make your data analyses fast, fluent and fun. I’m a passionate believer that code should be an artefact of clear communication, so even if you’ve never used R before, you’ll be able to follow this talk.

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    pdxrlang meetup: Hadley Wickham - Data science with R
    Reed College, Eliot Hall

    To do data science you need five sets of verbs: import, tidy, transform, visualise, and model. Importantly, you also need a way to connect these tools together so that your analysis flows from one step to another, without you beating your head against the wall. In this talk, I discuss the idea of the pipe as it is implemented in R with the magrittr package. You’ll learn why the pipe makes your code easier to read, and see how it provides a unifying interface throughout your complete workflow.

    Come along to learn about why I think pipelines are awesome and see how pipelines + tidyr, dplyr, ggplot2, and purrr can make your data analyses fast, fluent and fun. I’m a passionate believer that code should be an artefact of clear communication, so even if you’ve never used R before, you’ll be able to follow this talk.

    Website
    Thursday
    Oct 20, 2016
    CANCELLED: Business Partnering: Providing business partnership and influence to maximize profitability - Portland Data Management User Group
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    Due to scheduling conflicts, this month's DAMA chapter meeting has been cancelled

    We will reschedule Mary for a later time.

    Check out our Upcoming Presentations

    • November: "The T-Shaped Data Professional – Achieving Data Management Goals by Other Means" with Alec Sharp (Clariteq Systems Consulting)
    • January 2017: "Advanced Data Visualization" with Amit P. Manghani


    The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job. Please join me, the rest of the DAMA board, and other fellow lovers of data on October 20th at our regular chapter meeting in downtown Portland. For more information and to register go to: http://www.damapdx.org/

    Mary Loomas from Intel will be presenting Business Partnering: Providing business partnership and influence to maximize profitability.

    Topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Getting a seat at the table – adding value to your business partner
    • How to use internal and external acumen to influence your business
    • Balancing breadth of knowledge with depth of knowledge
    • Rotation programs to provide perspective and growth

    About our speaker

    Mary Loomas leads Intel’s Global Revenue team responsible for revenue forecasting, accounting, and risk management. Prior to this role, Loomas led a financial planning transformation and system implementation program for Intel. Loomas started at Intel in 1994 and has held many finance & IT roles, including Finance Information Systems Director, SAP G/L Implementation Program, Corporate Marketing Controller, Cost Manager, and Technology Development Finance Manager. Loomas left Intel in 2004 and started her own artisan chocolate company in 2005. Mary returned to Intel in 2011 to run the Financial Planning transformation. Mary has a BA in Management Science from UC San Diego and an MBA in Finance from LMU. Mary has 2 boys, 12 and 15. Outside of work, Mary enjoys road trips with her kids, tennis, cycling running, and wine tasting.

    Intel is the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, based on revenue ($55B in 2015). The company develops advanced integrated digital technology products, primarily integrated circuits, for industries such as computing and communications. Intel has over 100,000 employees worldwide.

    Schedule

    8:30 - 9:00 am - Sign In
    9:00 - 10:15 am - Presentation
    10:15 - 10:30 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
    10:30 - 11:30 am - Presentation continued

    Cost

    Costs cover continental breakfast and speaker expenses

    • Free for Members!
    • $15 for Non-Members
    • $5 for Students with valid student ID
    • See our corporate members at damapdx.org

    About DAMA Portland

    The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

    Our primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing data, information and knowledge resources as key enterprise assets.

    Upcoming Presentations

    • November: "The T-Shaped Data Professional – Achieving Data Management Goals by Other Means" with Alec Sharp (Clariteq Systems Consulting)
    • January 2017: "Advanced Data Visualization" with Amit P. Manghani
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    Tuesday
    Oct 25, 2016
    pdxrlang meetup: Tim Kaye: Fun With Data Streams in R
    Lytics

    Speaker: Tim Kaye

    Title: Fun with data streams in R

    Abstract: Often in practice, not all of your data will have been generated or collected yet, so you need to be able to process that data and update your models on-the-fly. This talk will provide a brief exploration of streaming algorithms and how they can be used in R. The primary applications will be data mining for data streams and online inference using non-parametric Bayesian models.

    We may visit a local watering hole afterwards, or I may bring beverages.

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    Thursday
    Nov 17, 2016
    The T-Shaped Data Professional - Achieving Data Management Goals with Real Life Examples - DAMA PDX November
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    This presentation is an expanded and updated version of “The Multi-Skilled Influencer”,
    the highest-rated session at the 2015 Enterprise Data & BI Conference in London.
    It was also the keynote at the recent Higher Education Data Warehousing conference in Rochester, NY.

    Organizations increasingly value individuals who have deep expertise in a specific discipline, such as Data Modeling, but who also possess skills in other areas. This is the so-called “T-shaped skill set” – depth plus breadth.

    Becoming “T-shaped” is a goal for anyone in Data – not only does it make you more valuable to your organization, experience shows applying skills not usually associated with Data Management are an excellent way to meet data goals.

    After introducing the core ideas behind being “T-shaped”, including the two essential soft skills, we'll look at a variety of real-life examples where Data Management goals have been achieved by applying other skills. In addition to showing how applying these techniques has supported our goals, we'll provide useful tips and frameworks for each of them, with emphasis on four in particular:

    • Business Process Change: Business processes work on "things" (a Part, a Product, an Issue, etc.) which typically move through the process as data; we'll look at techniques to make the "data" perspective valuable;
    • Application Requirements: Use Cases and User Stories are well known techniques many Business Analysts struggle with; we'll look at a data model-based approach that overcomes some usual difficulties, and is especially popular in Agile settings;
    • General Business Frameworks: Frameworks such as the four quadrants of corporate culture, the impact of paradigms, the enablers of organizational change, and the strategic differentiator have all contributed, often in surprising ways, to achieving Data Management goals;
    • Facilitation: Questions that are standard practice for facilitators ("What do you mean by...?") can surface familiar data management issues of consistency and communication, particularly with senior management teams.

    NOTE: We are also having our annual board elections at this chapter meeting. As a volunteer run organization, we cannot run without participation by our local data community. We welcome interest in helping run the Portland area DAMA chapter. If you are interested in a board position, please check out the position descriptions at damapdx.org and/or contact the [email protected].

    SCHEDULE

    • 830-900: Sign In and refreshments
    • 900-1015: Presentation
    • 1015-1030: Break, Job and Chapter Announcements
    • 1030-1130: Presentation continued

    REGISTRATION

    • Please register at damapdx.org so we order enough food
    • Costs covers refreshments and speaker travel costs.
    • Free for Members and Employees of corporate members!
    • Students with valid student ID: $5 / Non-Members: $15
    • See our corporate members list at damapdx.org

    About DAMA Portland

    • The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984.
    • We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.
    • Our Mission: Deliver thought provoking data-centric presentations to make you more successful in your job.
    • Upcoming DAMA PDX Metro Event January 2017: "Advanced Data Visualization"
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    Thursday
    Dec 8, 2016
    CANCELED: Nike Tech Talks
    Nike Decathlon Club Cafe

    This event has been canceled due to high possibility of inclement weather conditions. We're looking to reschedule James Ward's talk in early 2017.

    ===============

    Join Nike Digital for the next event in our Nike Tech Talks series on Thursday, December 8th from 4:30-6:30pm!

    Building Modern Data Pipelines James Ward | Principal Platform Evangelist | Salesforce.com

    Our modern systems are no longer just simple CRUD apps. We now need to deal with massive, distributed, real-time data systems that ingest potentially terabytes of data, support real-time and batch analytics, do machine learning, and support a host of web and mobile app interfaces. This session will walk through architectural patterns and technologies for building these modern data pipelines. You will learn about Apache Kafka, a variety of databases, and data processing frameworks like Spark.

    RSVP at: https://niketechtalksdec2016.splashthat.com.

    We hope to see you at the event and encourage you to invite your colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

    Website
    Thursday
    Jan 19, 2017
    Advanced Data Visualization - DAMA PDX
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    The world produces more than 2.5 exabytes of data every day. There is just too much information out there and traditional reports using tabs, rows and columns do not paint the whole picture any longer.

    Visualization is one key approach to gaining insight from this mountain of data. Advanced Visualizations Platforms have enabled the use of more dynamic and interactive business graphics, such as real-time dashboards and charts that update automatically as the data changes. It enables knowledge workers to see the trends and patterns (along with gaps and outliers) in the data that are not as easily identified in rows and columns of numbers. Even Data Scientists are leveraging advanced visualizations tools to explore, understand and communicate insights, along with the actions that need to be taken.

    In this session, we will explore how advanced visualization tools are being utilized in the era of big data to draw valuable business insights and we will also delve into some of the predominant data visualization tools being used by Data Scientists.

    Speaker

    Amit P. Manghani, M.S., MBA, has more than a decade of experience in the Information Technology domain dealing with Enterprise Information Management, Business Intelligence, Web Applications and Cloud Computing technologies at leading Information Management companies such as Oracle, Informatica and SAP. Prior to joining Oracle, Amit was focused on utilizing the power of emerging data integration technologies encompassing real-time data acquisition/ movement, event processing and agile data access within Big Data usage scenarios. Now as Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle, he is responsible for enabling partners globally on the different facets of Oracle Sales Cloud ranging from Analytics to Mobile to Sales Prediction capabilities. He is an avid follower of technology trends and has published articles in leading online journals and has presented at several technology conferences.

    Schedule

    • 8:30 - 9:00 am - Sign In
    • 9:00 - 10:15 am - Presentation
    • 10:15 - 10:30 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
    • 10:30 - 11:30 am - Presentation continued
    • Free for Members and employees of our Corporate Members
    • There is a nominal charge for non-members to cover refreshments and speaker travel costs
    • $5 for Students with valid student ID / $15 for General public
    • See the list of DAMA PDX corporate members at damapdx.org

    About DAMA PDX

    The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving our Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management. Our Mission: Deliver thought provoking data-centric presentations to make you more successful in your job.

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    Camp Optimization Meet-Up (Analytics, Data Visualization + CRO)
    Assembly Lounge Bar (Revolution Hall)

    "Data Visualization Techniques to Discover Optimization Opportunities"

    Every day, we create over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, and we'll create more tomorrow than we did today. As digital marketers, we swim through this sea of information and opportunity. But where to? And how can we read these currents? At this month's Camp Optimization, Justin Wade, eRoi's performance analyst, will share powerful—and practical—data visualization techniques to help you discover opportunities, interpret hidden patterns, and tell better stories through data.

    Come to hear Justin's insights and share a free beer or glass of wine with Portland's top digital marketing, design and optimization professionals. We're at Revolution Hall, second floor of the Washington High School in Southeast Portland.

    What is Camp Optimization? Camp Optimization's mission is simple: provide a casual, fun and informative forum for digital marketers and technologists to share optimization best practices, challenges and wins.

    Who is roboboogie? Roboboogie is a Portland-based digital experience optimization agency partnering closely with brands to improve conversion rates, nurture brand advocacy and increase customer value.

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    Thursday
    Feb 9, 2017
    Nike Tech Talks
    Nike Decathlon Club Cafe

    Join Nike Digital for the next event in our Nike Tech Talks series on Thursday, February 9th from 4:30-6:30pm!

    The Shape of Revolutions: How Things Change Ellen Friedman | MapR Consultant, Author, and Apache Software Foundation Committer @ellen_friedman

    There’s a revolution underway in how people work with data. For one thing, streaming data is no longer seen as a special use case – and that’s a good thing because streaming is a better fit to the way life happens. Stream-first architectures are useful even beyond real-time processing. Another big idea has to do with where data lives: the big data revolution showed us that data structures spanning more than one machine are a good thing. But a new revolution involves data structures that span more than one continent (geo-distribution) and that go from on-premise to cloud.

    In this talk, Ellen will tell a few stories that show how innovation with real impact can happen, including the shift in thinking and in engineering culture that underlie successful change. We’ll look at emerging technologies and how best to use them, new designs in architecture, and flexible practices such as a microservices style that have huge implications in IoT and other large-scale analytical workflows.

    RSVP: https://niketechtalksfeb2017.splashthat.com

    We hope to see you at the event and encourage you to invite your colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

    Website
    Thursday
    Feb 16, 2017
    Agile Data Warehousing, Building a Virtualized ODS” with Kent Graziano - DAMA PDX
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    Greetings Portland Lovers of Data, join your local Data User Group downtown on Thursday Feb 16th to learn about “Agile Data Warehousing, Building a Virtualized ODS” with Kent Graziano, Senior Technical Evangelist with Snowflake Computing and the author of The Data Warrior blog.

    This is our usual monthly Portland Data Management User Group Chapter meeting.

    For more information and to register go to: http://www.damapdx.org/ or our new meetup page at: https://www.meetup.com/PDX-Data-Engineering/events/237139605/. Please register at one of those sites, so that we have a count for our usual continental breakfast. Walk-ins are welcome.

    Presentation Summary

    In order to meet timelines to fulfill urgent, unmet reporting needs, we built a virtualized Operational Data Store (ODS). This allowed us to deliver new objects, quickly and incrementally, so we could quickly show the business users their data. In order to limit the need for refactoring in later stages of the data warehouse development, we chose to build this virtualization layer on top of a Type 2 persistent staging layer. All of this was done using the free Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler (SDDM) against a MS SQL Server Database.

    In this talk, we will show you the architecture for this approach, the rationale, and then some of the tricks used in SDDM to build all the stage tables and views very quickly. In the end you will see actual SQL code for the virtual ODS that you can leverage for your own projects.

    Goals

    • Learn what a Virtual ODS is and how it can help you be Agile

    • Learn a data warehouse architecture that can be implemented incrementally and in layers

    • How to quickly build pattern based stage tables in SDDM

    • How to build complex, pattern based views in SDDM

    • Tips on how to use analytic functions to create virtual columns

    • See examples of how to embed change data capture into a view-based ELT loading architecture

    Speaker

    Kent Graziano is a Senior Technical Evangelist with Snowflake Computing and the author of The Data Warrior blog (https://kentgraziano.com/). He is a certified Data Vault Master (CDVP2), Oracle ACE Director, former member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust (#BBBT), expert data modeler and architect with over 30 years of experience, including 25 years doing data warehousing with multiple architectures.

    Kent is an award winning speaker and author having written numerous articles, and has given hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally. He is a co-author of four books including The Data Model Resource Book (1st Edition), and Supercharge Your Data Warehouse. His now has several ebooks on Kindle including A Check List for Doing a Data Model Design Reviews and An Introduction to Agile Data Engineering. You can follow Kent on his blog and twitter @kentgraziano.

    Schedule

    8:30 - 9:00 am - Sign In
    9:00 - 10:15 am - Presentation
    10:15 - 10:30 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
    10:30 - 11:30 am - Presentation continued
    Free for Members and employees of our Corporate Members

    There is a nominal charge for non-members to cover refreshments and speaker travel costs: $5 for Students with valid student ID / $15 for General public. See the list of DAMA PDX corporate members at damapdx.org

    About DAMA PDX

    The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving our Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

    Our Mission: Deliver thought provoking data-centric presentations to make you more successful in your job.

    Website
    Saturday
    Apr 8, 2017
    Hack Oregon Spring Buildathon
    Hidden Venue

    Spring Buildathon!


    Guidelines for Guest Contributors


    What is it?

    Believe it or not, Hack Oregon actually doesn’t really do a lot of Hackathons. We form specialized teams to build software and open data stories for important themes in Oregon, and work and iterate incrementally over months to create a product.

    The "Buildathon" is the one day where we open up our project teams for guest and current contributors that want to be part of the magic and build something amazing, but might not have the time to participate in our months-long project season.

    What’s the goal?

    The Buildathon is a production sprint. We’ve laid the groundwork to do research, visualizations, and data storytelling quickly, and we need your help to bring our projects to the next level. We’ll get to work shoring up and finalizing our projects with some cross-team and outsider help. We’re going to use our lifelines and help each other close those blocked github issues and fine-tune designs.

    Be prepared to make friends and be an instant part of our Hack Oregon family!

    How can I get involved?

    By joining our sprint, you’ll be placed with a team that needs extra hands on deck in your particular skill set. We’re working toward our public demo day at OMSI on May 1st, where you can proudly present alongside your team.

    Perks:

    • Team T-Shirt

    • All Day Food

    • Ticket to sold out Demo Day

    • Profound Glory

    Submit your information here and we’ll reach out to match you with a team and link to reserve your ticket.

    Below you’ll find a list of skills and roles we’re looking for at the Buildathon, along with this year’s five project themes.

    Technical skills we’re looking for the Buildathon:

    • Front End Developers (we use React.js)

    • Data Visualization Developers (we use React.js/D3.js)

    • API Developers (we use Django)

    • Database Programmers (we use PostgreSQL)

    • UX/UI Designers

    • DevOps Engineers (we use AWS, Docker, Travis.CI)

    • Content Writers / Copywriters

    • Data Scientists (we use Python)

    • Multimedia Developers (Photography, Motion Graphics, Animation, Videography)

    • Visual Designers (Graphic Design, Illustration)

    Project Teams


    Budget

    MVP: We’re highlighting the City of Portland’s budget data in a neutral manner so that users can quickly and efficiently understand its components, view basic spending trends and dive deeper into bureau-level budgets.

    Stretch Goals: We’ll organize more sophisticated granular views, and applied analysis of deltas and outcomes of programs.

    Transportation

    MVP: We’re creating a new system organize and model the efficiency of road construction and capital infrastructure planning.

    Stretch goals: Expand into usage and impact of Portland’s biking and transit ecosystem through the lense of multi-modal transportation patterns.

    Emergency Response

    MVP: We are collaborating with Portland Fire and Rescue to take data relating to their emergency calls and build interesting dashboards, visualizations, and simulations.

    Stretch goals: Understand more about how emergency response patterns vary by unique aspects of neighborhood demographics.

    Housing

    MVP: We’re exploring how the city and its neighborhoods have changed over time, from the perspective of 12 representative households.

    Stretch Goals: We’ll work with raw data from the voter registration to explore change of address as a vector, which may indicate displacement trends.

    Homelessness

    MVP: We’re expanding the perception around the definitions of homelessness in Portland and the moment in time where people experience homelessness.

    Stretch goals: Capture a fuller picture of children in Multnomah County who hang in the balance food security and housing security.

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    Thursday
    Apr 20, 2017
    Cloud Document Storage @DAMAPDX
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    Presented by David Howell CEO of Avatron

    In 2013, the “Summer of Snowden” heightened awareness among businesses and individuals of the insecurity of data stored in the cloud. Despite that, people still routinely use Google Docs, whose corporate owner promises to sell private data to its customers, the advertisers. People still store sensitive data in the cloud, where data breaches are virtually inevitable. Avatron launched Air Connect, an alternative approach to allowing access of personal data from anywhere. Like Skype, Air Connect employs UDP tunneling to forge a direct connection to a remote computer, even if it is behind a stringent firewall or on a dynamic IP address. We’ll walk through the architecture of Air Connect, discussing design decisions made along the way. We’ll talk through the joys and woes of launching a geeky networking software service on Kickstarter. And we’ll talk about the ultimate demise of the Air Connect service.

    Speaker

    Dave Howell is CEO of Avatron, a popular mobile app developer. Avatron’s apps include Air Sharing, the first iPhone app that allowed management, viewing, and printing of local and remote documents, Air Connect, which lets people connect directly and securely to a personal computer without sending data through the cloud, and Air Display, which turns a tablet into a computer monitor. Before founding Avatron in 2008, Dave was a senior software manager at Apple, where he contributed to productivity software and professional applications. Dave joined Apple when the computer company bought the assets of his previous company, Pablo Media. When he’s not leading software teams, Dave plays piano in a jazz quartet in Portland. On Twitter, you can follow Dave at @dshowell or Avatron at @avatron.

    Schedule

    8:30 – 9:00 am – Sign In
    9:00 – 10:15 am – Presentation
    10:15 – 10:30 am – Break, Chapter Announcements
    10:30 – 11:30 am – Presentation continued

    Location

    Standard Insurance Center in the Atrium room, 900 SW 5th Avenue in Portland. Make sure you go to the Standard Insurance tower on 900 SW 5th Ave as there are two Standard locations in downtown Portland. The room is located at the top of the south elevator bank (as you enter from the 5th street sidewalk, continue to the right past the elevators and up the escalators, then through the double glass doors into a new window-ed space).

    Cost

    Costs cover continental breakfast and speaker travel costs
    Free for Members!
    $15 for Non-Members
    $5 for Students with valid student ID
    See our corporate members at damapdx.org

    About DAMA Portland

    The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

    Our primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing data, information and knowledge resources as key enterprise assets.

    The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job.

    Coming Presentations

    April (20-Apr) Cloud Document Storage
    May (18-May) Big Data mining and Deep Learning
    June (15-Jun) Master Data Management
    July (20-Jul) Data Science: Predictive Analytics
    Sept (21-Sep) Cartographic license and building maps that work
    Oct DAMA Day

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    Wednesday
    May 24, 2017
    Community Empowerment Through Mapping
    Free Geek

    Come learn how to find public data sets and collect spatial data in and with your community!

    In the first half of the class, you will learn how to use Google Earth Pro, a free data mapping tool, as well as a few basic functions using the data analysis tool QGIS. We will also touch on methods and ethics in community data collection and display. The second half of the class will be a workshop for your ideas, so please come to class prepared with a community project idea which you are working on, or would like to work on using mapping tools.

    Goal of class: By the end of this class, students will be able to: -create map surveys, create map objects (points, lines, polygons) on Suprmap.org -visualize and add detail to inputs in Google Earth Pro -add data layers to a map, perform spatial join, and modify data table in QGIS -They will know where to find public data sets, and how to make their own -They will also be briefed on community data collection practices, and honest and ethical data collection and distribution. -In workshop, we will provide some ideas on what data sets and data analysis tools would help them work on their project.

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    Tuesday
    May 30, 2017
    pdxrlang meetup: Chester Ismay: Creating the fivethirtyeight R data package
    WeWork Custom House

    Speaker: Chester Ismay (https://github.com/ismayc) - Instructional Technologist and Consultant for Data Science, Statistics, and R at Reed College

    Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss the motivation behind creating a data package using the data from the stories produced by FiveThirtyEight. I’ll also walk through the process of creating a data package in R and some of the vignettes for the package that have been created by my students and others from throughout the world. Lastly, I’ll discuss some ideas (that I’d love to work with others on) for other data packages in R that can better serve the R community by helping novice and intermediate R users work with and tidy “messy” data.

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    Saturday
    Jun 3, 2017
    CascadiaRConf
    OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building

    Cascadia R Conference is an R conference serving the Cascadia-ish region (Oregon/Washington/BC).

    Check out https://cascadiarconf.com for details - that should be coming out soon.

    Website
    Saturday
    Jul 1, 2017
    WiPy Python Hardware Device Demo
    Hillsboro Public Library

    Hello from Garrett Broughton.

    Michael Wild is sharing his WiPy Python hardware device this week. Find out more about it here: https://docs.pycom.io/wipy/wipy/general.html#upgrading-the-firmware-over-the-air

    If time permits, we'll also cover the beginning of our group Kaggle competition.

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    Friday
    Jul 7, 2017
    The Hackster Microsoft Roadshow
    Holliday Inn Portland West

    The Hackster Microsoft Roadshow is an exploratory, first look workshop into how IoT leverages cloud technologies.

    This four hour workshop is designed primarily for people working in the tech industry in companies with IoT projects and/or may find themselves needing to expand their knowledge beyond the local device and understand downstream architectures in the cloud. This workshop addresses how data from a device may be received and subsequently processed. This class is not about the device, it is about device data and cloud back ends.

    This is a lecture-lab style course in which topics are presented by the instructor. Labs are completed by students during the workshop, or students may finish labs after the conclusion of the workshop. This workshop presumes no knowledge of Azure cloud products. It does presume some knowledge with making an IoT device using an Arduino or Raspberry PI and/or other such related “maker” experiences and skills.

    THE INSTRUCTOR

    Kent Stroker is a Senior Consultant at Microsoft IoT OEM.
    THE WORKSHOP

    In this workshop, we hope to introduce students to Azure Cloud, the Azure IoT portfolio, and streaming analytics and dashboards. We'll provide hands-on experience building a basic “cold” and “hot” path IoT, cloud-based, back-end processing architecture.

    Here's a preview the first event that happened in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday, June 12th on YouTube: 1st half, 2nd half

    Every participant attending this event will receive IoT completion certificates.

    WHAT TO BRING

    Since we want to make the most of our time at the workshop, please follow the instructions to prepare for the workshop before arriving. You can download everything from the github page here. It is strongly advised for students to print a copy of the lab handout for easy reference during the workshop.

    Bring a laptop running Windows 10 that has wireless network capability. YES, you can use a virtual machine running on your mac or linux computer! Don't forget your power supply!

    Do the following on your laptop:

    Enable Developer Mode Enable Windows feature “Windows Subsystem for Linux” Make sure you can invoke a bash shell from a Command Prompt window Install Node.js v6.10.3 LTS from www.nodejs.org Install Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition (it's free!)

    Create a Microsoft Azure subscription. Azure accounts are free for the first 30 days and come with $250 credit.

    OPTIONAL

    It's a good idea to plan on being able to provide your own hotspot connectivity. Packing an extension cord is often a good idea. A mouse is often nice too.

    COURSE TOPICS Lab 1: Azure Cloud IoT Hub Lab Lab 2: Store Messages to Table Lab Lab 3: Data Visualization Web App Lab

    INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS

    This is a very cram packed 4 hours, come prepared to learn at a fast pace. Also, understand that this course will not make you an expert in Azure IoT, rather this is a first look at the depth and breadth of the Microsoft IoT technology stack and introduces to some of the major pieces of a typical IoT cloud architecture. You should come away from this workshop with a sense of “knowing what you do not know” and eager to learn more. There are many avenues for learning more and we will wrap the workshop with next steps and learning resources you may wish to explore. Look forward to seeing you at one of these workshops this summer!

    PRIVACY NOTICE This event is jointly operated by Microsoft and Hackster. Any data collected may be used by both Microsoft and Hackster. Please read their full privacy statements. Microsoft’s is here and Hackster’s is here.

    FAQS

    Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

    You must be at least 18 to attend this event.

    What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

    Parking onsite.

    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Email [email protected] or post your questions on the meetup page here.

    What's the refund policy?

    Tickets are free, but please let us know 48 hours before the event start if you can't make it, since we have to arrange catering and we'd like to be able to open your ticket to someone else.

    Do I need to have a Windows machine to attend this event?

    No, it's easy to run Windows on a virtual machine on your Mac or Linux computer.

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    Tuesday
    Jul 11, 2017
    pdxrlang meetup - Ted Laderas: How to not be afraid of your data - teaching EDA using Shiny
    WeWork Custom House

    Speaker: Ted Laderas (http://laderast.github.io/) - Instructor, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, OHSU

    Abstract: Many graduate students in the basic sciences are afraid of data exploration and cleaning, which can greatly impact their downstream analysis results. By using a synthetic dataset, some simple dplyr commands, and a shiny dashboard, we teach graduate students how to explore their data and how to handle issues that can arise (missing values, differences in units). For this talk, we'll run through a simple EDA example (combining two weight loss datasets) with a general data explorer in shiny that can be easily customized to teach specific EDA concepts.

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    Wednesday
    Aug 16, 2017
    pdxrlang meetup: aggregate - meet, greet, learn, collaborate
    US Custom House / WeWork

    Aggregate meetup No. 13! Everyone is welcome!

    We'll have pizza and drinks.

    Agenda:

    • brief intro/R project or problem: We'll go around the room, each person talk about an R project they've been working on, or a data/data-science problem, or something they want to learn, etc.

    • After going around the room, anyone can share some code they've been working on and want help with / want feedback on. Make sure to have this ready before the meeting. Discuss here https://github.com/pdxrlang/aggregate/issues/8

    • Before arriving, use the pdxrlang/aggregate GitHub repository to discuss ideas for things to work on at aggregate -https://github.com/pdxrlang/aggregate/issues

    • Topics for the night so far:

    •  coming soon ...
    

    • Do bring your computer (if you have one) in case you want to work on something.

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    Thursday
    Sep 21, 2017
    Building Maps That Work - with Sarah from Tableau
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    DAMA welcomes Sarah Battersby, Senior Research Scientist at Tableau Software to Portland on Thursday, September 21st. She will be presenting "Cartograpghic Licence and Building Maps That Work".

    Also Included: Continental Breakfast and Networking with other Data Professionals!

    Registration at: https://damapdx.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/september-2017-cartographic-license-and-building-maps-that-work/

    We live in a data rich world and many of the data that we encounter have a geographic link, such as a point coordinate, an address, a state, or country name. Maps are a key part of understanding geographically linked data and utilizing it in decision making. In designing maps, virtually anyone with a computer and an internet connection can be a cartographer – regardless of knowledge of principles of spatial data or visual and cartographic communication best practices. The good news about this democratization of cartography is that everyone is empowered to explore their own data with maps. The bad news is that anyone can make a map. While many map authoring tools help guide the design, it is still easy to unintentionally (or occasionally intentionally) mislead readers. The variant of the truth that we find in maps is largely driven by choices that the cartographer makes in the data collection, cleaning, analysis, and visualization process. In this presentation I consider issues of how the map designer and reader perceive mapped data and where “noise” can creep into the communication to distort the intended message.

    Through the presentation, we will explore a number of data and visualization challenges that citizen (and professional) cartographers wrestle with every day. Fortunately some of the big challenges in cartography have solutions – if you know where to look. Unfortunately, some also fall in the damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t category – but you had better have the critical understanding skills needed to consider the implications either way. No map is perfect, but some are much better than others. In this talk we will look at good and bad examples, the problems and solutions, and discuss about pathways to success and enlightenment through better mapping. Or, at least we can just try to learn to stop worrying and love maps.

    The presentation will be colored with a psycho-geographic perspective garnered from way too many years teaching cartography and GIS fundamentals to unsuspecting college youths, and my more recent years at a software company designing a product to help people make better decisions without requiring years of cartographic study.

    About the Speaker:

    Sarah Battersby is a research scientist at Tableau Software. Her primary area of focus is cartography, with an emphasis on cognition. Her work emphasizes how we can help people visualize and use spatial information more effectively. Her research has covered a variety of areas, including perception in dynamic map displays, geospatial technologies and spatial thinking abilities, and the impact of map projection on spatial cognition. She works closely with the maps development team.

    Sarah earned her PhD in Geography in 2006 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a member of the International Cartographic Association Commission on Map Projections, and is a Past President (2015 – 2016) of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society – a society composed of educators, researchers and practitioners involved in the design, creation, use and dissemination of geographic information.

    Sarah is a member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee sponsored by the Department of the Interior under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

    About DAMA Portland

    The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

    Our primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing data, information and knowledge resources as key enterprise assets.

    The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job. Please join me, the rest of the DAMA board, and other fellow lovers of data at this regular chapter meeting in downtown Portland.

    Thanks for your support of local Data Education, we look forward to seeing you there!

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    Wednesday
    Oct 4, 2017
    DAMA Day Hosted Happy Hour
    On Deck Sports Bar

    Please join us the day before DAMA DAY 2017: Agile Data Warehousing Today for a sponsored happy hour with drinks and appetizers at On Deck Sports Bar in the Pearl District.

    Hosted by DAMA PDX in partnership with Snowflake and WhereScape.

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    Visual Trumpery - A Talk by Alberto Cairo
    OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building

    Alberto Cairo is a leading expert on data visualization. As a professor, author, journalist, and consultant to groups including Google and the European Union, Alberto helps people organize information to enlighten and reveal. In 2017 he launched this Visual Trumpery tour, offering to waive his speaking fee to any organization that would host him for a public talk examining the misleading charts and graphs being designed across the political spectrum. He has been crisscrossing the globe discussing how to assess the reliability, truthfulness, and accuracy of graphics in this political time. Alberto is currently the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami. He is the author of The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication.

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    Friday
    Nov 10, 2017
    Stencila at OHSU
    OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building

    Help Stencila to reinvent spreadsheets for reproducible research.

    When: Friday November 10th, 2017 - 2 pm- 4 pm, Hacky Hour with the BioData Club following the session.

    Where: OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) room #1S019

    Questions: [email protected]

    Spreadsheets are widely used in all fields of research - for everything from data entry to simulation modelling. But spreadsheets can be error prone and don’t fit well into a reproducible workflow.

    Stencila is trying to make reproducible research more widespread by making it more accessible. Stencila Sheets provide a familiar spreadsheet interface but are built from the ground up to leverage the power of languages like R, Python, and SQL, and with reproducibility at their core. We want to show you what we are building, but we are also looking for the opinions, experiences, and ideas of people who work with data across various research domains.

    • What are the great things about spreadsheets? Why are they used by so many researchers?
    • What problems do spreadsheets have? What are the challenges to making them more reproducible?
    • If you could start over, what would you change about spreadsheets? Which features of conventional spreadsheet software would you change? What would you add? What would you take away?

    Join us to share your ideas and help shape Stencila Sheets... and the future of reproducible research!

    Stencila is an open source project funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, under the umbrella of the Oregon-based non-profit Code for Science & Society.

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    Saturday
    Dec 2, 2017
    Ideas in Science
    Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue North Operating Center

    Do you enjoy learning and sharing knowledge to help people solve problems?

    Do you want to learn about API's?

    We'll have two lightning talks and at the end of our session, we'll brainstorm and vote for a new interesting topic for ideas on upcoming presentation. The winning idea will get the innovator of the week.

    Join the fun!

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    Tuesday
    Dec 19, 2017
    pdxrlang meetup: aggregate - meet, greet, learn, collaborate
    US Custom House / WeWork

    Aggregate meetup No. 16! Everyone is welcome!

    We will not have pizza this time, but we will have some drinks.

    Agenda:

    • brief intro/R project or problem: We'll go around the room, each person talk about an R project they've been working on, or a data/data-science problem, or something they want to learn, etc.

    • After going around the room, anyone can share some code they've been working on and want help with / want feedback on. Make sure to have this ready before the meeting. Discuss here https://github.com/pdxrlang/aggregate/issues/8

    • Before arriving, use the pdxrlang/aggregate GitHub repository to discuss ideas for things to work on at aggregate - https://github.com/pdxrlang/aggregate/issues

    • Do bring your computer (if you have one) in case you want to demo something.

    • Time: 630pm - 8pm

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    Tuesday
    Jan 23
    pdxrlang meetup: aggregate - Shiny workshop
    US Custom House / WeWork

    Aggregate meetup No. 17! Everyone is welcome!

    shiny (https://shiny.rstudio.com/) is a popular web application framework for making interactive visualizations and dashboards, allowing R users to share their analyses in an interactive format with minimal web programming expertise. In this workshop, we will produce a simple data exploration dashboard with tooltips using the shiny, ggplot2 and flexDashboard packages. I will introduce the basic concepts behind programming a shiny application, as well as some useful design patterns (reactives, tooltips, observe/update/isolate). Basic familiarity with R programming concepts and ggplot2 are suggested

    We will not have pizza this time, but we will have some drinks, and perhaps some light snacks.

    Agenda:

    • Bring your computer!

    • Time: 630pm - 8pm

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    Thursday
    Feb 15
    Business Applications of Blockchain Technology @DAMAPDX
    Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

    Join your fellow Portland Lovers of data for a morning of data education and networking at our usual 3rd Thursday (February 15th) chapter meeting at the Standard Insurance classrooms in downtown Portland. Mark Wheeler from PSU will talk about Business Applications of Blockchain Technology.

    Attendance is free for DAMA Members and Employees of Corporate Members.
    Students $5 with ID; $15 others.
    You can walk in; we appreciate your registering so we order enough refreshments.

    Overview - Business Applications of Blockchain Technology

    Presented by Mark Wheeler, Portland State University

    Blockchain technology is being talked about as one of the next big innovations to take hold across multiple industries. Businesses who focus on transactions, contracts, and assets management are just a few of the initial sectors of the economy which will be disrupted. As the underlying technology begins to take hold, time-consuming and labor-intensive functions will be replaced by automated and “always on” smart processes. Centralized models of trust and authenticity will be replaced by decentralized services and crowd-based consensus algorithms.

    There will not be one blockchain but millions, each built on an application-specific architectures. Any store of information that requires exchange or validation across indirectly related entities will reside on a blockchain. Blockchains are safe, secure, and immutable — but all blockchains are not created equal. We will explore the subject by examining several current generations of blockchain implementations.

    Topics during this session include:

    • Architecture, Protocols, Algorithms
    • Distributed Ledgers, Smart Contracts
    • Trust / Consensus Systems
    • Decentralization, Virtual Computing Environment

    Speaker

    Mark Wheeler is a Blockchain technology enthusiast attending Portland State University majoring in Supply Chain Management. He has extensive experience in IT Operations working on Security, Network, and Application Server environments. Mark has worked within the education, insurance, healthcare, software development, telecommunication, and aerospace sectors of the economy.

    His current interests are in the field of data analytics, cloud computing, and Supply Chain automation technologies. Mark has been a volunteer for the last two years with HackOregon working on visualizing public data. He is currently employed at Portland State University assisting in the implementations of their Community Engagement portal platform.

    About DAMA Portland

    The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

    Our primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing data, information and knowledge resources as key enterprise assets.

    The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job. Please join me, the rest of the DAMA board, and other fellow lovers of data at this regular chapter meeting in downtown Portland. For more information and to register go to: http://www.damapdx.org/

    Thanks for your support of local Data Education, we look forward to seeing you there!

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    Thursday
    Apr 5
    AI at Startups in Portland
    CENTRL Office Eastside

    The PDX Startup Week panel discussion will discuss how AI and data can be used by startups. The panelists will highlight local use cases of how companies have used machine learning to support their business cases and accelerate the implementation of their business ideas.

    If you are a founder or work for a startup interested in machine learning or data science, this panel discussion will provide you insights of how ML can be applied.