I will be doing a short presentation on Open Scientific Data at
Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 (in Ottawa)
My talk is currently scheduled for noon on March 3, 2014.
No hashtag has been announced yet.
I will be doing a short presentation on Open Scientific Data at
Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 (in Ottawa)
My talk is currently scheduled for noon on March 3, 2014.
No hashtag has been announced yet.
GTEC is the Government of Canada's annual technology conference.
On October 9 there will be a two-hour session of Open Data Speed Dating. The idea is to connect data owners directly with those interested in their data.
The event requires separate registration, you have to register as an Enthusiast if you want to talk to the data owners. See http://www.gtec.ca/sessions_lists/open-data-speed-dating/ for more info.
There will be data owners (curators) from the Canadian federal government, the provinces, and municipalities:
It's an indication of the progress of the open data movement in Canada that there are already so many organisations with data available.
Conference hashtag is #gtec13
The event builds on an experiment wiith speed dating for City of Ottawa curators organised by Open Data Ottawa (#learnhackyow in December 2012), followed by an open data speed dating event in Vancouver that Minister Clement attended.
There may be additional open data events in Ottawa this fall, leading up to International Open Data Day 2014 in February.
UPDATE 2013-10-13: The event ran successfully, there are photos and tweets from the open data speed dating available.
August 24th-25th, 2013
HUB Ottawa, 71 Bank Street
"The hackathon will bring together technologists, data analysts, and international development experts from across the sector to create useful products, insights and analysis of Canada’s international aid data."
You have to apply to attend, deadline for applications is August 8, 2013.
They are also soliciting project ideas.
September 13th-14th, 2013
University of Ottawa
"The first day of the event will be a series of speaker panels about different data sources and applications and the second day will be a hackathon with various datasets and the CanLII API."
Site: CanLII hackathon (hackerleague.org)
You can see previous postings in category open data
My tiny contribution to OKFestival is to arrange a small tour of the new Helsinki University City Centre Campus Library (Kaisa House, Main Library). The library just opened (September 2012).
Photo rights CC BY-NC-SA.
The tour is on Monday September 17 in the morning (before the main conference starts). Please contact me via email or Twitter if you'd like to join.
Here's a video of the library under construction
video via Kiviluoma52 - architecture meets functionality
There's information in English on page 6 of this PDF http://www.helsinki.fi/kirjastot/kaisa_taloesite.pdf and from the International Staff Exchange Week 2012 section of the Helsinki University website there's a presentation explaining some of the background of the building http://www.helsinki.fi/international/ISEW2012_presentation_Nicola_Nykopp.pdf
There are also press photos at http://www.helsinki.fi/kirjasto_old/press/Keskusta/Kaisa/ with the following restrictions
These Helsinki University Library photographs may be used as illustration of articles concerning Helsinki University Library only in non-commercial purposes. The copyrights of the photographs cannot be transferred to a third party. When using the photos, the name of the photographer (if it has been mentioned on the site in connection with the photo) or Helsinki University as source must be mentioned.via http://www.helsinki.fi/library/library/for-media/press-photos/
Here is the Storify of the livetweeting from CALJ 2012. There were also some side discussions that I will capture in another post. The hashtag was #calj2012. @scilib is me.
The Final Report of the Canadian Open Government Consultation has been posted
It's a straightforward summary of the input provided.
There were over 260 submissions to the online consultation.
President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement states
These consultations were also instrumental in developing our Open Government Action Plan which I will present in April 2012 at the Open Government Partnership in Brazil. Each element of the Action Plan is supported by what we heard during the consultation process.
The key messages reported are
- Make information and data easier to find by improving the search function on government websites.
- Improve the organization of government websites, in general, by creating centralized portal(s) to provide catalogues of Government of Canada information and data in one place.
- Make more information and data available in standardized open formats with improved metadata, tagging and indexing.
- Promote the availability of open data through better communications and marketing.
- Improve consultation tools and websites by making them more user-friendly (e.g., plain language, no acronyms, etc.) and more interactive through the use of social media.
- Ensure that Canadians know that consultations are taking place and demonstrate that something is being done with consultation results.
- Be more open with Canadians by improving policies and rules so that government data and information is open by default.
The final report itself doesn't provide any specific information about what will be included in the Open Government Action Plan, however the January 2012 update to the Open Government Partnership described some initial possibilities.
UPDATE 2012-04-18: The Open Government Action Plan was released on April 11, 2012. ENDUPDATE
Canada's Action Plan will be posted to is posted at the OGP website
Canadian representitives listed are
The hashtag is for the event is #OGPBrasilia2012 #ogp2012 and the Twitter ID is @opengovpart
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A lightly-curated Storify of the ~500 tweets from the February 9, 2012 event at DFAIT.
GTEC is a big annual IT tradeshow/conference for the federal government in Ottawa.
Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, did the opening keynote.
I like to tell people that when I was Industry minister, I was responsible for Canadian innovation. Now that I am President of the Treasury Board, I want to champion innovation in government.
a government that takes on the challenge to be a global leader in openness, transparency and security. We have already taken some steps towards making that government a reality. But there is much more to do.
...We can transform the way we do business by harnessing IT in new ways—including
- An understanding of the value of social media tools, as a way to bridge the distance between government and Canadians; and
- A further commitment to all three streams of Open Government—Open Data, Open Information and Open Dialogue.
Our Government is committed to offering Canadians greater opportunities to learn about and participate in government, in the economy, and in our democratic process. They will have greater access to data from federal departments and be able to find, download and use information they want more easily.
Our Open Government activities are detailed at www.open.gc.ca, where we describe actions to strengthen Open Data, Open Information and Open Dialogue. We will post information about new activities as they are undertaken.
As announced last March, starting in 2012, all departments and agencies subject to the Access to Information Act will be required to post summaries of completed information requests on their websites.
Canada will soon have the chance to step on the world stage as a leader in Open Government. We were one of the countries to signal our intent to participate in an international Open Government Partnership.
As part of our leadership role in increasing governmental transparency and accountability, Canada has joined the international Open Government Partnership. This important initiative was launched by the United States and Brazil and aims to secure concrete commitments from other governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Having joined the partnership, we will be delivering an Open Government plan informed by broad consultation by March 2012.
Being part of this partnership will offer Canada a means to connect internationally through its Open Government agenda. This will be an opportunity for Canadian companies to showcase their innovations.
In the long term, open governments and economies will pay dividends for our business sector. They also stand to have an impact on Canadian society in general: increasing transparency, accountability and citizen engagement.
Notable is his specific committment to an Open Government plan for Canada by March 2012.
This is a reiteration of our existing commitment to the Open Government Partnership - the country page for Canada has a letter of intent from Minister Baird and the text "Country Action Plan coming in March 2012".
Tony Clement tweets at @TonyClementCPC
The Open Government Partnership is @opengovpart
Here is a Storify (my tweets along with a couple from Tony Clement):
June 3, 2011 open data in 2011 Canadian Speech from the Throne
June 1, 2011 open data statement in Canadian Digital Economy Strategy update
May 20, 2011 open data supported by Treasury President Clement
DataCite will hold its second Summer Meeting on August 24th and 25th  at the historic Shattuck Plaza Hotel in Berkeley, California. The Summer Meeting will be a 1.5 day event and is open to all. You can register at:
DataCite blog - DataCite Summer Meeting “Data and the Scholarly Record: the Changing Landscape” - June 30, 2011
DataCite is a service for providing permanent DOIs to data sets, in particular to enable consistent citation of data sets in the scientific literature.
There are many international partners in DataCite, CISTI's role is to establish DataCite Canada.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been building its knowledge and messaging about the Internet through a series of meetings, including
October 2007. OECD-Canada Technology Foresight Forum on the Participative Web (held in Ottawa) - http://www.oecd.org/futureinternet/participativeweb - My posts on the forum are under tag oecdwebforum2007. The OECD blog that I contributed to appears to be offline, but you can see an archived version.
June 2008. OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy (Seoul, Korea) - http://www.oecd.org/FutureInternet
June 2011. OECD High Level Meeting. The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth (Paris) - http://www.oecd.org/internet/innovation
They will be discussing broadband policy and also policies for an open Internet.
Thanks to incredible work by a dedicated team from across the government, Collaborative Management Day will be June 9, 2011. It is about the new management styles that are made possible by new technologies and ways of working.
The event is full but (probably Government of Canada only) registration for the webcast is still available.
The hashtag to follow is #goc3
GovCamp Canada 2011 is soldout with a lengthy waiting list. Thankfully, our friends at The Streaming Network stepped up in a big way as sponsors to provide web streaming for 3 of our five tracks: Govt Tech & Open Data, Public Involvement & Communications and Public Service Innovation will all be live streamed to a national audience and for all who could not attend in-person. Session videos will also be archived along with any slide presentations.
Event is June 8, 2011.
Hashtag is #govcamp
UPDATE 2011-06-08: Livestreams available at http://govcamp.ca/videostreams
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
June 13-17, 2011
Here's a map with some restaurants - mostly ones I have been to (and like a lot), as well as a few others that are highly recommended. Most of these places fill up fast, so you should make reservations.
I haven't found there to be one review site that dominates, but UrbanSpoon will give you a reasonable sense of the places people in Ottawa are going.
There are restaurants and pubs along Elgin Street and Bank Street. There are also lots in the Byward Market, but I don't know the Market very well.
The Market is to the north of the University of Ottawa. If you want to go to the downtown core area to the west of campus, there is a pedestrian bridge (the Corktown Bridge) across the Rideau Canal at Somerset Street.
Bixi bikeshare will also be available, however detailed information about it won't be released until May.
UPDATE 2011-06-07: Bixi bikeshare info available at http://capital.bixi.com/ ENDUPDATE
Ottawa is an open data city. There are lots of apps from the Ottawa Open Data Apps directory and the Apps4Ottawa contest that can help you discover and navigate around Ottawa. (You can also check out the list of apps that won the 2010 contest.)
Below is some updated info on Canadian money, from an OECD blog post I wrote for a conference they had in Ottawa in 2007 (now only available from archive.org). This info will sound pretty basic for anyone who has been to Canada or who is used to using debit and credit cards, but I thought it might be useful. Note for Americans: At the time of this writing, the Canadian dollar is worth more than the US dollar (today's exchange rate is 1 USD = 0.96 CAD).
The currency is the Canadian dollar.
The commonly used currency includes:
Rather than carry large amounts of cash, however, many Canadians use transaction cards, and almost all stores are equipped with card readers.
Canada is in the process of transitioning to chip & PIN technology - most card readers still support magstripe reading, in addition to chip reading.
For a debit card, some stores, commonly large pharmacies and grocery stores, also offer "cash back", which is the equivalent of a bank withdrawal - the maximum is usually $50 to $100.
There is a slight tendency to use debit cards for smaller purchases and credit cards for larger ones, however most stores won't be surprised to see you use a card for a purchase of any amount from tiny to large; many Canadians, including myself, carry little or no cash and use cards for almost all transactions.
All of Canada's major banks provide ATMs (bank machines) throughout Ottawa. Do be aware that within stores you may also find so called "white label" third-party bank machines. While these are safe to use, they charge even higher withdrawal fees than bank ATMs.
There are TD Bank machines on the ground floor of the Rideau Centre shopping mall, if you enter from Rideau Street, underneath the skyway to the Bay, the machines will be on your left, just past the Shoppers Drug Mart.
Both debit and credit card networks are interlinked with major international networks.
The use of cheques to pay in stores is virtually non-existent; I don't think I have ever seen someone pay by cheque in a store in my entire life. Stored-value card use is also minimal.
There is Calforex Currency Exchange / Bureau de change on the 3rd floor of the Rideau Centre shopping mall, there are also other currency exchanges in the downtown core.
Most of the items I wrote in 2009 in my post about conference technology planning are still valid. Nevertheless I have added a substantial amount of revised content, particularly related to Twitter and mobile devices.
Think about lifespan of your online presence. Do you have a plan for maintenance of the website, blog, wiki and Twitter account? Ideally these should be part of an integrated comms presence, not just standalones. For example, it's much better to have the blog on a main site e.g. blog.exampleorganisation.org than on a custom eventexample2011.org site. If you create a custom domain for your site, someone has to keep renewing that domain... basically forever, unless you want the domain to expire and be taken over by someone else (usually it either turns into a placeholder page or an adult site, since domains are cheap to buy in bulk).
For whatever pages or sites or accounts you create, define the expectations up front: This page will be archived in a year, comments on this blog will close a month after the conference and it will go idle, etc.
Similarly, it's much better to be tweeting from @exampleorg with a hashtag, than to create a special @example2011 account that tweets for a while and then goes silent. Not only are you losing all the followers associated with that account, at some point if the account is idle you may lose it entirely, and then you have the same problem of someone else taking it over. (See Twitter Help Center - Inactive Account Policy for more information.)
Remember you are not the centre of the universe. It's a web. Find out what social media tools and sites the attendees use. Be (respectfully) present in those environments and use those tools. You may find e.g. a particular scientific site is the best place to share most of your information about an upcoming event, rather than creating your own elaborate site.
To reiterate: depending on your community, use the full arsenal of networks available to reach your desired audience. This may be Facebook, but don't forget LinkedIn, Nature Network, and other sites that may be more aligned with your particular target demographic. NOTE: This requires considerable care. There is nothing more disliked in an existing community than an outsider "parachuting in" to promote a particular event / topic / agenda. Make sure you know the etiquette (yes, there is such a thing online) and conventions of any site you use.
Be aware that post-event engagement is really hard. I advise against investing heavily in your own custom event social networking site, or even a white-label event social networking site. Make it easy for people to connect to you, and make it easy (through hashtags and aggregation) for people to discover one another. They can do the rest on their own. A mailing list and a hashtag can be a more effective way of keeping people in contact than a standalone social network site.
There's a great list of tools that can help you capture and analyse your event available from the Event Amplifier blog - Curating and Re-Using Amplified Conference Discussions.
We Grow Media also has useful thoughts on How to Extend the Value of In-Person Events with Social Media.
UPDATE 2011-03-16: Lorcan Dempsey wrote on March 14, 2011 about the Amplified Event with a specific focus on remote participation in events. ENDUPDATE
A note: there can be confusion between a tag and a hashtag. Usually for a blog you will have a tag that goes in the metadata, e.g. example2011. Usually on Twitter for various reasons of searching and convention, it will be a hashtag instead #example2011. Sometimes people forget the hash on Twitter, and sometimes people add it when tagging their blogs.
* Walt Crawford has some fantastic information about conferences in http://citesandinsights.info/civ7i7.pdf
* Some thoughts on the "amplified conference" on Wikipedia, based on ideas from from Lorcan Dempsey, Brian Kelly and others
Thanks to @macjudith for asking the questions that prompted this updated post.
My July 8, 2006 posting conference tag goodness with HitchHikr has links at the bottom to my examination of this topic spanning back to 2004. (This blog was started as a place to put conference notes, so thinking about conference support is in some sense part of its DNA.)
Here's what Collaborative Culture Camp looked like to them
On Friday October 15, 2010 I attended an event at Library and Archives Canada called Collaborative Culture Camp. I had provided a tiny initial spark of an idea that thanks to an exceptional group of public servants (and some not even currently employed in the public service) turned into a roaring fire. I think it really demonstrated "the art of the possible" when it comes to putting a government event together.
Right now in the Government of Canada we're in an interesting situation where we're using a mix of purely internal tools (such as our government-wide wiki, GCPEDIA) as well as public tools (like Twitter and Google Docs) for various types of collaboration and sharing. The event was extensively tweeted (an "amplified conference" to use the terminology originated by Lorcan Dempsey and favoured by Brian Kelly).
I know of three Twitter archives for the event. There were roughly 1600 tweets during the daylong event, which had about 200 attendees.
Overall it was an inspiring event, further enhanced by the keynote from Wayne Wouters, the Clerk of the Privy Council, who in his role as head of the public service spoke about the need for increased collaboration across government and the use of modern tools to support our work. (He even tweets, in part just to demonstrate to the rest of government that it's ok to do so: @WayneWouters - although he did warn that he mainly uses it to draw attention to the accomplishments of the public service or individual public servants.)
I will have more to say in future postings about the event and the panel I was on.
Other postings related to this event:
UPDATE: Here's some background information on the event, including the poster that was made for it and a link to the (Government of Canada internal only) GCPEDIA page about it - Event: Collaborative Culture Camp by Nick Charney (@nickcharney)
ChangeCamp Ottawa 2010 will be Saturday July 17 at (airconditioned) City Hall.
You can sign up at
ChangeCamp is a hybrid unconference - the day will start with some brief presentations including a showcase of Ottawa "apps" (websites and applications for mobile devices) that use City of Ottawa open data.
There will be regular unconference sessions (that is, self-organised topics for discussion) after the presentations. The specific theme is open data. The general theme is how the engagement between government and citizens can be transformed by new ways of thinking and new technologies.
The city's open data is available at
For 10 exciting days this October, Perimeter Institute’s Quantum to Cosmos: Ideas for the Future (Q2C) will take a global audience from the strange world of subatomic particles to the outer frontiers of the universe. All events will occur on-site in Waterloo, Ontario and online at q2cfestival.com
October 15-25, 2009 Waterloo, Ontario
You can attend in person, but I think all events will also be streamed live online.
There's a good list of speakers already.
Just a quick post to capture a sense of ChangeCamp Ottawa yesterday. This a deliberate echo of my SciFoo 2007 posting, as SciFoo is where I learned about unconferences.
The basic format is you all gather around a common interest, but there is no set agenda - the participants at the event draw up the schedule (in ChangeCamp terminology "The Grid") of sessions and then facilitate and participate in them.
(live action version)
The Closing Circle - at the end of the day, we came back into the circle again
Together - apart - together. A constant dynamic. This is the nature of the new communities we are forming online and offline.
There was also lots of video captured - there are over 50 videos up on YouTube and as well Gwen captured a lot of video on Ustream. There was a fair amount of audio coverage too, there are a few "audioboo" interviews from Ian, as well Apartment613 was going around with a mike and Robin Browne was there with his cool microphone/recorder thingy. There are over 300 photos up on Flickr. The tag to look for is cco09
The "virtual grid" of sessions is up on the wiki, but there is still a fair amount of work to get all the notes integrated. (We had some technical challenges with the particular wiki software.)
We had some good discussions about open government and open data.
Overall very successful for a first event in Ottawa. And yes, we're already talking about next year...
May 13, 2009 ChangeCamp Ottawa - May 16, 2009 - sold out
ChangeCamp Ottawa is sold out. This unconference about citizens re-engaging with government and with each other, enabled by technology, will be this Saturday May 16 (2009).
Here's a kind of bookend from my perspective (I'm sure it's different for all the organisers):
this tweet I sent was actually a question, but somehow turned into the plan - from @scilib (me): @thornley So that's #changecampottawa planning at say 6 PM at http://www.clocktower.ca/ on Bank on Monday February 16? http://twitter.com/scilib/status/1203041472
from @scilib (me): last big ChangeCamp Ottawa planning meeting tonight May 11. Event itself will be this Saturday May 16. #cco09 http://twitter.com/scilib/status/1762070027
In case you're wondering what the point of Twitter is, it was a key enabler that helped to make possible all of the connections between people who had never met. From tweets in February, to a sold-out event in May.
You can find us on the web:
* the (closed but public) social network for the event, courtesy of one of our sponsors, Pathable
* the main changecamp.ca site
* Twitter hashtag #cco09
* tag cco09 anywhere else
* I've also made a FriendFeed aggregator which should be a good place to track live reporting / uploads during the event. (Unfortunately due to the FF redesign, it kind of looks like all the items come "from" ChangeCamp Ottawa - they're actually just being pulled in from various sources on the web.)
Apartment613 has an interview with Mark Faul, and CHUO Around the Block interviewed Morgen Peers. (To some extent Morgen and I helped to sustain the event through its initial growing pains - we were the only two people in common between the first and second organising meetings.)
UPDATE 2: I should mention that ChangeCamp is also in Facebook, if you like that sort of thing.