The University of Baltimore School of Law building, where several in-person Baltimore Data Week events will take place. (Photo via

“Neighborhoods care about everything, and we’re going to focus on everything,” said Seema Iyer about Baltimore Data Week, which returns from July 18-22.

Hosted by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute (BNIA-JFI), the week-long event series will convene in person for the first time in three years.

Iyer, who heads the BNIA-JFI, stressed the continued importance of Baltimore Data Week as a data intermediary that helps communities interpret information.

“We are just here to serve the city neighborhoods without connection to any kind of political realm,” Iyer told “All governments that have open data portals, we can help them with their engagement. We can help them with their communications. We can help them explain why this is relevant from a nonpartisan point of view — and then we’re here even beyond the election cycle.”

This yearly data conference began as a single day of programming, known as Data Day, in 2010 before expanding to a full week in 2020. This year’s event is hybrid, with virtual programs as well as two in-person days that are all accessible via Zoom. The format will allow virtual attendees to actively participate.

While most of the programming takes place Thursday and Friday, Baltimore Data Week will offer sessions every day except Tuesday — Maryland’s primary election day.