The Department of Research and Academic Engagement at Drug Policy Alliance is excited to host Gavin Rozzi for our upcoming webinar.
Freedom of information laws are often used by journalists to uncover documents, data & information at the state and federal levels, but they’re a powerful and often under-utilized tool for researchers studying public administration.
This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the freedom of information request process at the federal & local level along with examples of best practices for obtaining research data using FOIA laws. Examples of the research potential of FOIA data & along with commonly encountered challenges will be covered. Basic data science concepts will also be introduced, including recommended workflows for processing & cleaning data obtained from the government.
Gavin Rozzi is a data scientist and former journalist from New Jersey. He holds an M.S. in Data Science & Strategic Analytics from Stockton University. He focuses his data science work on the public sector and civic technology. He is affiliated with the Rutgers Urban & Civic Informatics Lab at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy where he researches the applications of big data analytics & emerging technologies to study the development of smart, sustainable & socially just cities. He previously developed a statewide, interactive data collection for New Jersey’s state freedom of information law, the Open Public Records Act, and has testified in court as an expert witness in cases regarding the disclosure of digital data held by government agencies.