Creative Commons Salon Ottawa: Open Data

| March 14, 2012

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On March 30th, CIPPIC and the Creative Law Society will host a Creative Commons Salon on the theme of "Open Data".  This event is free and everyone is invited to participate.  We have an exciting line-up of speakers for you!

 When: March 30th, 1-5pm (with a reception afterwards)
 Where: Fauteux Building, University of Ottawa (FTX 147B)
  David Eaves (
  Prof. Elizabeth Judge (University of Ottawa)
  Tracey Lauriault (Carleton Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre;
  Pete Forde (BuzzData)
  Joey Coleman (Journalist)
  Edward Ocampo-Gooding (Ottawa Open Data);
  Sébastien Pierre (MontréalOuvert and QuébecOuvert)

With the Open Data movement exploding, this is an opportune time to find out more about it and discuss it.  Most major cities in Canada now have open data portals where municipal governments openly and freely release public sector data, such as maps, statistics and other government documents. The federal government is making open data the central focus of its Open Government Initiative in order to increase transparency and citizen participation.

This event is also not just for data users!  We will be facilitating a roundtable discussion for data providers to discuss compatibility issues between the licenses of different data portals.  Creative Commons, which already provides the default license for open data portals in Australia and New Zealand, is renewing its focus on data for the next version of their license suite (version 4.0).  This roundtable will provide an opportunity to talk about how governments can make their own data portals compatible with this international standard, and about the possibilities for adopting Creative Commons licenses.

The full schedule is as follows:

Time Event
1 - 1:15pm Welcome and Introduction
1:15 - 1:45pm David Eaves
1:45 - 2:15pm

Citizens, Data & Democracy 2.0 Panel

  • Edward Ocampo-Gooding (Ottawa Open Data)
  • Sébastien Pierre (MontréalOuvert and QuébecOuvert)
15 minute break
2:30 - 3pm Prof. Elizabeth Judge
3:00 - 4pm

Research, Business & Journalism: Data in the Professional Sphere (Panel)

  • Tracey Lauriault (Careton Geomotics and Cartographic Research Centre
  • Pete Forde (BuzzData)
  • Joey Coleman (Journalist)
15 minute break
4:15 - 4:45pm

Creative Commons Licenses: Data User Q&A

Creative Commons Compatibility & License Adoption: Data Provider Roundtable

(Facilitated by David Fewer & Kent Mewhort)

4:45-6:00pm Reception