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 […]

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 […]