February 22nd is International Open Data Day. This is your invitation to join us – and communities around the World – to celebrate the possibilities of Open Data and find new ways to unlock its potential.
WHAT IS OPEN DATA?
Open Data (and by association, Open Government) is a movement that is using technology to create a cultural shift that is making our institutions more accountable, transparent, and collaborative.
Its goal is to break the barriers that currently exist between Public Servants, Citizens, Community Leaders, Students, Industry, and Technologists.
International Open Data Day is a celebration of this movement. However, the Toronto organizers have chosen to take it a few steps further…
- Friday, February 21st: This will be a kind of “OpenGov/OpenData 101″ where we will introduce the foundation of Open Government & Open Data and highlight success stories. We will also profile “Problem Owners” who are attempting to solve challenges facing our community.
- Saturday, February 22nd: This day is dedicated to the Hackathon. And in the spirit of collaboration, the fine folks at Podcamp Toronto have offered to include our program as part of their event taking place at Ryerson University. Please visit their website for more information
- Sunday, February 23rd: In case you missed anything, a recap of Open Data Day will take place at Podcamp Toronto. Please visit their website for more information
- Open Data Day #HackGoesOn: There’s nothing more disheartening than spending a few days working on a problem only to see it all go to waste. That’s why we will be organizing follow-up events that will lead to a “Big Reveal.” The dates for Open Data Day – The Hack Goes On are as follows:
- Saturday, March 1st
- Saturday, March 22nd
- Saturday, April 26th
- and finally, the big reveal of the work you’ve accomplished at the Go-Open Data event (most likely hosted in Toronto)