GO Open Data 2013
Held on May 11th, 2013 at the University of Waterloo School of Pharamcy building, GO Open Data 2013 drew over 100 people from Windsor to Ottawa and beyond. A success story bring together administrators, community leaders, developers and an especially large number of librarians.
It is thanks to the committee, partners, sponsors and most importantly the community of people around open data that the conference was successful. We look forward to building on the momentum with you.
At the Conference
Several segments of TVO's Pull: How Technology is Changing the Conversation, produced by Q Media Solution, were filmed at the 2013 conference with out speakers. Checkout the videos below.
The Open Data movement is transforming our society and economy in numerous of ways — transparency and access to information are becoming a necessary part of today’s business environment. Consumers not only want access to more information, they also want to know that their personal information is safe and protected when in the hands of the organizations they do business with. As we enter into the age of Big Data and Open Data, we are immersed in a rich information environment where we are frequently sharing information about ourselves and others, leading one to ask — can privacy remain a viable option? The answer to this question is a resounding Yes! Come hear Commissioner Cavoukian discuss what the current access and privacy issues are, and how her office is leading the world with two made-in-Ontario concepts: Access by Design and Privacy by Design.
The open data movement follows in the tradition of the free software and free culture movements. But data differs from software and culture in terms of how it is created, who controls its availability, how it is discovered, who uses it, and what it produces – frequently in ways that limit the open data movement's potential for growth. By understanding the open data movement in the context of these other movements, we can identify, explain and propose solutions to the unique challenges it is facing and ensure that it evades serious risks to its success.
Municipal Experiences Panel
Moderated by Jury Konga and including perspectives from Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo Region staff, the Municipal Experiences Panel will cover each jurisdiction's Open Data journey. The question and answer will feature discussion ranging from lessons learned, challenges and how the greater community can help their local governments expand the availability of Open Data.
Review of the topics of the day and futures view/next steps to consider. Featuring representatives from government, community leaders and developers this question and answer focused panel allows the audience to shape discussion on how the community can work together better.
Building an Open Data ecosystem for all to access, not just elitesSlides
How do we build open data so it is accessible to all citizens and not just those with specialized skills such as information management or coding? In Hamilton, municipal open data is being implemented because of advocacy among neighbourhood associations and community groups, not solely from the developer community, with the goal of ensuring all citizens can use open data. It's a unique partnership - what does it mean for open data, open government, and civic engagement?
Join this discussion as we explore the question.
Privacy, Sharing and Licensing for GeoDataSlides
GeoConnections, a national program led by Natural Resources Canada, is building Canada's online spatial data infrastructure, the CGDI. A key component of the CGDI is a comprehensive suite of enabling policies that allow people to share, find, access and use geospatial data.
GeoConnections, in partnership with a number of Canadian organizations, and in response to known user needs, provides information and guidance on topics such as geospatial privacy, open data sharing, licensing and many other operational issues encountered when using geospatial data online.
Developer Friendly Open DataSlides
Want more apps to be built on your open data? Discover ways to make data more developer friendly. We will look at the history of the Internet and current trends to build an understanding of standards and interfaces to make your data future friendly. At the same time it will make it more useful to developers, citizens and your own organization.
Porcupines and Hackathons
Like the age-old joke: How do you bring NGOs, Public Servants, Elected Representatives, Developers, and Engaged Citizens together so they can collaborate and build a better society?
Public Transit — The Possibilities and DifficultiesSlides
Public Transit Open Data is no new invention, but how can we use it efficiently to better benefit our society? Catchr, a Kitchener based start-up is exploring this problem and using crowd-sourced smart phone technology to help solve it. We'll explore how public transit open data can greatly transform our society and help us do it efficiently too.
Behind the Magic: The Non-developers Guide to Building Web-based Interactive Mapping Access and Discovery Tools
A recurring request from the Geospatial Centre’s (GC) clients is the capability to visualize and access geospatial, and other cartographic collections and indexes online. From mounting interactive air photo indexes, to uploading local historical maps, to offering a one stop shop for municipal open data, the GC has recently created three interactive mapping web projects – all to aid in the discovery and access of cartographic and geospatial collections:
- Waterloo Region Historical Maps, using Google Earth Application Programming Interface
- Interactive Airphoto and Photomap Index Maps, using OpenLayers
- Open Data Websites, using SIMILE Exhibit
Lightning TalksOpen Data Institute by Dennis Brink
Slide from OAuth by Patrick Matlock
iD Open Street Map Editor by Ansis Brammanis
UWaterloo Goose Avoider by James McCarthy
HackForge by Mita Williams
Attendees can sign up day of to give their own 5 minute talks to introduce themselves or a project to the community.
Open Data Alley
In addition to speakers and a panel, we are planning a block of time to demo apps built on open data and showcase sources of data. If you have (or plan to have) data or a data use that you would like to share, please apply to be part of the Open Data Alley.
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Planning for next years conference will begin in September 2013