GO Open Data 2013

Looking up the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy building

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.

Photos

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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.

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Talks

Keynote

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.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario
Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Keynote
Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario

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.

James McKinney, Executive Director and Technical Lead of Open North
James McKinney, Speaker
Executive Director and Technical Lead of Open North

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.

Jury Konga, Principal, eGovFutures Group
Jury Konga, Moderator
Principal, eGovFutures Group
Trish Garner, Manager, Web Strategy, The Web Centre, City of Toronto
Trish Garner, Panelist
Manager, Web Strategy, The Web Centre, City of Toronto
Nancy Isozaki, Director, Corporate Information Policy and Management Services, City of Toronto
Nancy Isozaki, Panelist
Director, Corporate Information Policy and Management Services, City of Toronto
Rob Giggey, Strategic Support Coordinator & OpenData Lead, City of Ottawa
Rob Giggey, Panelist
Strategic Support Coordinator & OpenData Lead, City of Ottawa
Oriana Sharp, Manager, Information Management and Archives, Region of Waterloo
Oriana Sharp, Panelist
Manager, Information Management and Archives, Region of Waterloo

Futures Panel

Slides

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.

Dave Wallace, Chief Information Officer, University of Waterloo
Dave Wallace, Moderator
Chief Information Officer, University of Waterloo
Heather Leson, Idea Hacker, Community Builder
Heather Leson, Panelist
Idea Hacker, Community Builder
Patricia D'Souza, Head, I&IT Strategy, Policy & Planning, Government of Ontario
Patricia D'Souza, Panelist
Head, I&IT Strategy, Policy & Planning, Government of Ontario
Jury Konga, Principal, eGovFutures Group
Jury Konga, Panelist
Principal, eGovFutures Group

Building an Open Data ecosystem for all to access, not just elites

Slides

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.

Joey Coleman, Journalist

Privacy, Sharing and Licensing for GeoData

Slides

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.

Cynthia Mitchell, GeoConnections, Geospatial Advisor
Cynthia Mitchell, Speaker
GeoConnections, Geospatial Advisor

Developer Friendly Open Data

Slides

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.

Albert O'Connor, Web Developer
Colin Bell, Systems Integration Specialist, IST, University of Waterloo
Colin Bell, Speaker
Systems Integration Specialist, IST, University of Waterloo

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?

...very carefully.

Richard Pietro, CitizenBridge.org
Richard Pietro, Speaker
CitizenBridge.org

Public Transit — The Possibilities and Difficulties

Slides

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.

Brett Willemsen, Catchr

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:

Eva Dodsworth, Geospatial Data Services Librarian, University of Waterloo
Eva Dodsworth, Speaker
Geospatial Data Services Librarian, University of Waterloo
Steve Xu, GIS Library Associate, University of Waterloo
Steve Xu, Speaker
GIS Library Associate, University of Waterloo

Lightning Talks

Open 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.

Lunch Sponsor

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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2014 Conference

Planning for next years conference will begin in September 2013