The Emergence of Regional Collaboratives

September 1, 2015 - 2:15pm
Cliff Cook, Bob Gradeck, Michele Riordan-Nold, Adam Hecktman

All over the nation, groups of data users are coming together to break down data silos in an effort to gain greater access to administrative records and other data.  These regional user groups, both informal and formal, are playing much more active roles in fostering innovation than anyone imagined.  This session will highlight several examples to illustrate the possibilities and power born of collaboration.


  • Cliff Cook, Planning Information Manager, City of Cambridge


  • Bob Gradeck, Research Manager, University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh (Presentation PDF)
  • Michele Riordan-Nold, Executive Director, Connecticut Data Collaborative, Rocky Hill, CT (Presentation PDF)
  • Adam Hecktman, Director of Technology and Civic Innovation, Microsoft Chicago (Presentation PDF)