Gone But Not Forgotten

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

While We Were Away ...

By Keith McDonald
Oh my, it's been a few days since our/my  last post. We haven't had much take up on actual visualizations unfortunately. Thanks to the few responders for their immediate thoughts. We're actually hoping to have completed material to demo here so we need developed visualizations to go forward.

Speaking of visualizations, the City of Toronto's 1st Annual DATA eh? Event happens May 3 and part of a panel discussion will cover the importance/significance/need for visualizations to the Open Data process.

We communicated the event via Eventbrite and tweets. We're seeing this as another extension of the DATA eh? concept where networking can happen.

palm of hand with writing on it: check this out

Event Coverage
I will blog about the event post the day and hopefully have some video to share - may take some time to caption the clips though. We'll be using the hash tag #dataeh?

Here is the agenda for the event:

City of Toronto 1st Annual DATA eh?* Event
- celebrating Open Data and Taking it to the Next Level

The City of Toronto's Open Data initiative is just over 2 years old. You're invited to an event we're calling part celebration and part moving forward.


8:30 - 9 a.m.
  • Register
  • Meet+Greet
  • Exhibits
9 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Welcome
  • Re-visit Where We've Been
9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
  • DATA eh? - Shout-outs
9:45 - 10 a.m.
  • Networking Break
10 - 11 a.m.
  • Panel Jam:
 Special guest panellists:

  • Lorene Bodiam - City of Toronto Disability Advocate
  • Atley Hunter - Solution Architect & Mobile Developer
  • HeatherAnn Kaldeway - Community Advocate
  • Derek Matthew - City of Toronto Web Designer
  • Morgen Peers - Citizen/Town Planner
  • Gina Porcarelli - City of Toronto GCC - Geography
  • William Wolfe-Wylie - Social Media Manager Sun Media
A word about the Panel Jam
Rather than have a traditional panel where panel members contribute to a discussion in a round table setting, the entire audience is invited to contribute. Our special guest panellists will be located strategically up front and within the audience to kick off the conversation and fill in any pregnant pauses. (You never know, we may also set the "world's largest panel" record!)
Lead off questions:
  1. Are visualizations using City of Toronto data (as opposed to applications using the data) the missing link in gaining more acceptance of the value of Open Data?
  2. Should the City of Toronto be developing their own visualizations and apps?
  3. Are we (Community and City) missing anything here - what else can we do to take Open Data to the next level?
11 - noon
  • Connecting
  • More networking
  • Exhibits

Note for the day:
The most important goal we want to accomplish in hosting this event is to connect inside City of Toronto data stewards with outside data users and have us all idea-crunch from there!

If this is the first you've heard about the event, please stay with Eventbrite page and join the Waitlist.

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