Digital Odyssey 2015: Open Data, Open Heritage

Friday June 12, 2015

Location: George Brown College, Waterfront Campus, Toronto

​At Digital Odyssey 2015 "Open Data, Open Heritage", we will examine the intersection of governmental, academic, and community open data and open heritage materials, and investigate the roles that cultural heritage institutions can and should play in concert with other participants in the emerging open data, open heritage environment.  

Governments at the municipal, provincial, and federal level have started to embrace and publish open data for transparency and efficacy. Academics are increasingly facing mandates (and finding incentives) to preserve and share their research data, enabling verification of their results and new insights based on their data. Citizens and community groups want to use open data to inform business decisions and suggest policy directions; other groups want to digitize, preserve, and share their heritage materials to maintain a historical record. Cultural heritage institutions such as libraries and archives have the professional mandate and skills to preserve, organize, and facilitate access to that data.


Program at a Glance   

Time Topic Speakers 
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome 
9:15 - 10:00 Open Data Keynote
Aurelia Moser, CartoDB
10:00 - 12:00 Opening Up Data in Practice -  panel & workshop Sameer Vasta, MaRS (convenor) 
Keith McDonald, City of Toronto
Pamela Robinson, Ryerson University
Bianca Wylie, Open Data Institute
10:00 - 12:00 Creating and Collecting 'Open' Cultural Heritage Collections 
Loren Fantin, Jess Posgate, OurDigitalWorld
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch break - OLA Annual General Meeting 
1:15 - 3:15 Collecting Voices - an Oral History Workshop Cathy Leekam, Sarah Warner 
Multicultural Historical Society of Ontario (MHSO)
1:15 - 3:15 Consuming and Transforming Open Data 
Workshop Materials 
Scratchpad Document 
Mita Williams, University of Windsor
3:15 - 4:00 Lightning Talks 
Alan Harnum - Y U Hate Open Data Liberries?? 
Dan Scott - From Zotero to a Linked Data Bibliography 
Sarah Simpkin - Building Online Exhibits with Open Data 
4:15 Adjourn


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