Events include various webinars, workshops and conferences to engage communities with our work in the form of methods and usage tools. These events also give insights into how to form your own questions using these tools to effectively use data for research to further contribute to informed policy making.

Explore What's Next: Upcoming Events

June 10, 2024

Enhancing Data Discovery with

This workshop will introduce the platform and the uses of its dashboard to research-oriented agricultural economists to gain insights from the usage of USDA data. The focus of the workshop is to gather feedback from the group about the current functionality of the USDA dashboard and potential future improvements.

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What You Missed: Past Events

May 21-22, 2024

Harvard Data Science Review Special Issue "Democratizing Data: Discovering Data Use For Research And Policy"

View the recordings and the presentation slides from the Harvard Data Science Review's Democratizing Data webinar

Recordings And Presentations

November 14-18, 2023

Open Science Retreat: “The agility of commercial infrastructures versus the sluggishness of institutional infrastructures: How to reach fruitful and trustworthy collaboration?”

The ZBW hosts Open Science Retreats ( to discuss current challenges in the implementation of Open Science. This retreat asked how a cooperation between academia and commercial providers can succeed in developing and operating research infrastructure. Professor Julia Lane, who leads the Democratizing Data Initiative gave the 10-minute impulse statement.

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October 25, 2023

Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research & Policy Conference

The FCSM conference ( included a session on Democratizing Data: A Search and Discovery Platform for Public Data Assets organized by Spiro Stefanou from the Economic Research Service. Nancy Potok from the Democratizing Data Initiative chaired the discussion with Vipin Arora from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, with contributions from Spiro Stefanou, as well as Hubert Hamer (National Agricultural Statistics Service), Josh DeLaRosa (national Center for Education Statistics), and Emilda Rivers (National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics).

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September 12-13, 2023

Make Data Count

Julia Lane and Nancy Potok gave the opening and closing statements at the recent Make Data Count Summit that took place on September 12-13, 2023. Slides from the talks can be accessed here: Make Data Count is an initiative that promotes open data metrics to enable the evaluation and reward of research data reuse and impact.

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September 11, 2023

RDaF Plenary Workshop 2.0

Julia Lane gave a keynote talk at the Workshop to Discuss the NIST Research Data Framework (RDaF) that took place on September 11, 2023.

Presentation: The NIST Research Data Framework and Data Democratization (PDF)

MARCH 28, 2023

12:00 pm-1:00 pm EST | Virtual

USDA Webinar

An online USDA/ ERS & NASS Democratizing Data Joint Info Session.

Update: This webinar took place on March 28, 2023. Watch the video and access slides on the event page.

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