Dive into Open Data

Dawn Walker and Curtis McCord, Semaphore Research Cluster on Inclusive Design in Mobile and Pervasive Computing

As information professionals, graduates from the University of Toronto’s iSchool will have the ability to use, understand, and evaluate technology relevant to their work designing for, managing, and preserving information among other practises. The development and application of those technical abilities is often referred to using the concept of technology literacy. Professor Leslie Shade’s participation on the Geothink project (officially ‘How the Geospatial Web 2.0 is Reshaping Government-Citizen Interactions’) has led to the development of a draft Citizen’s Guide to Municipal Open Data designed to build information literacies and capacities with a strong emphasis on information justice (Johnson, 2014).

Audience: All iSchool Students from a variety of concentrations and backgrounds. No experience is necessary but laptop or tablet devices are required. A limited number of devices will be available at the workshop, so please bring your own if possible.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover what makes data “open data”
  • Explore sources of Canadian Municipal and Federal Open Data
  • Become acquainted with what working with this data might mean for different communities