CanLII law, government and open data conference and hackathon

Several members of this community have graciously lent their talents to helping organize this event scheduled for September 13 and 14th at the University of Ottawa, and some feature among the speakers.

Full details including registration page here:
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The event is split over two days.

Day 1 (Friday the 13th from 1 to 4pm) is a conference featuring Information Commissioner of Canada Suzanne Legault as the keynote speaker. Day 1 also includes panel discussions on open gov/data/law topics, including from Glen McGregor of the Ottawa Citizen on data journalism, Stephane Guidoin of OpenNorth on municipal open data, and Ivan Mokanov of Lexum on the data formats from sources of legal information (i.e., courts and governments).

Day 2 spends a little less time on policy matters and a lot more time on the technical side of things. The hackathon itself follows some brief presentations on:

- Open Data Ottawa
- Linked data
- the CanLII API (including apps and developments underway)

The hackathon itself will kick off with a brainstorming exercise to develop concepts for improved access to justice and to legal understanding.

Registration has been open for a little under a week and we are seeing commitments from many local developers (along with some planning to come from Toronto and Montreal), as well as a broad range of legal minds and professionals (librarians, students, profs, lawyers, publishers, journalists), as well as from UOttawa's School of Information Studies.

We think that this event will be of particular interest to members of this community and we invite you to attend.

Follow @CanLII on Twitter for more details as they roll out.

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