One Week until the International Open Data Conference

May 20, 2015


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The International Open Data Conference (IODC) kicks off in exactly one week in Ottawa. The conference will bring together open data experts, government officials, industry leaders, and civil society champions from around the world. Participants will take stock of the global open data movement and chart the future, focusing on:

  • how to strengthen coordination among countries and open data initiatives;
  • how to scale up open data innovation; and
  • how to broaden the dialogue around open data and ensure that all world citizens benefit.

The IODC Agenda

The conference agenda was released earlier this month, built around Sharing, Action, and Impact tracks:

  • Thursday, May 28: DJ Patil, the Chief Data Scientist for the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver the opening keynote. The conference will cover open data around the worldand the importance of global collaboration, how the Open Government Partnership is building global open data principles, the unique challenges of indigenous data, and much more. To close the day, the President of the Treasury Board, Tony Clement, will share his views on the future of open data.
  • Friday, May 29: The second day will dive into open cities—how local movements are driving the open data agenda forward, how we can share best open data practices within La Francophonie, and will close with a call to strengthen international collaboration on open data.

These are just a select few highlights, barely scratching the surface of the agenda the global open data community has created for this landmark event. Check out the full IODC agenda for many more sessions and details.

Canada as an Open Data Leader

The Government of Canada, in addition to hosting, has representatives taking part in several sessions:

  • Data + Elections
  • Towards Global Open Data Principles
  • The Future of Open Data
  • What Happens After the Hack: Canada’s Approach to National Hackathons
  • Delivering the International Open Data Charter
  • Open Dialogue on Open Government
  • Open Data for Public Participation – Canada’s Digital Diplomacy Experience

IODC stands poised to be a landmark event for open data, both in Canada and globally.

How you can participate

Registration may be full, but that shouldn’t stop you from participating. You can follow along via Webcast from the International Open Data Conference website or on Twitter via the #IODC15  hashtag.

You can also stay involved with open data and open government in Canada long after the IODC through this website or by joining our mailing list.

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