Year in Review: Open Data 2017

On December 18th, 2017 I ran a “Year in Review: Open Data 2017” event in Ottawa.  Graciously hosted and snacks provided by Invest Ottawa, the event attracted 40 people to Bayview Yards on a snowy evening.  Speakers from the City of Ottawa, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (TBS), Statistics Canada and the Ottawa Civic Tech […]

Canada 150

Le français suit 2017 is a big year for Canada. All year we will be celebrating our 150th birthday as a nation and the epicentre for festivities is right here in Ottawa. It is a big year for open data in Ottawa as well, with 2017 being the first full year of both the Federal […]

Open (data) Letter from Seoul

I recently had the opportunity to speak at a ODI Seoul co-sponsored event in Seoul. Many thanks to Seonho Kim, Managing Director at ODI Seoul node and to the conference’s gracious host, R Korea.  The theme of the conference was “Open Data in Action” and the event lived up to its name.   Open Data […]

Planting the Canadian Flag on the 2016 GODAN Summit

Last month, the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit 2016 took place in New York City.  Armed with the theme “Join the Open Data Revolution to end global hunger”, world leaders, academics, researchers, farmers, innovators, open data practitioners, students and industry luminaries gathered to share knowledge and collaborate on tangible solutions leveraging […]

Water Open Data: Is there a data drought?

I like to support roadside farm stands. Fresh, affordable local produce is a benefit of the summer in the Ottawa Valley. During a recent visit to my favourite stand, I overheard the operators lamenting the current drought we are experiencing in the Ottawa area. Their well was running dry. They were hauling water from the […]

Who owns the global data infrastructure?

Who owns our data infrastructure?

Data is the raw material that will help us meet 21st century challenges: to reduce friction in our economy, increase our sustainability and create opportunities to innovate. Our data infrastructure is as important as our physical infrastructure. A strong data infrastructure will increase interoperability and collaboration, efficiency and productivity in public and private sectors, nationally […]

What are ODI Nodes: Creating a global network

The ODI Nodes are an important part of our global network. The last year has seen significant growth: we have welcomed Rio, Devon, Queensland and Athens to the community; our first group of nodes have become ODI registered trainers; our community of nodes have collaborated with us to deliver global projects; and the network is […]