Hacknight Session #112: Linkable Open Data Environment

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Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave W · Ottawa, ON

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Councillor's Lounge, 2nd floor

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Alessandro Alasia from Statistics Canada's Data Exploration and Integration Lab (DEIL) will present on progress towards building a Linkable Open Data Environment.

Over the last few years, the DEIL has conducted an increasing amount of work with open data using various open source tools in an open ecosystem. This exploration and experience has given rise to the idea of using an “open project” approach. In this session, Alessandro will present examples and outcomes of “open projects” at DEIL, that is, projects that, to the extent possible, make use of open software, open code, open standards, open data, and open project management tools. It also outlines how DEIL is now exploring integration of open databases through the development of a Linkable Open Data Environment (LODE).

To date, achievements include the completion of openly licensed databases of virtually all building footprints across Canada, in collaboration with Microsoft, and preliminary versions of open databases of business, educational facilities, hospitals and addresses. Further, these open databases are providing insights on the potential of data value multiplication through stakeholder use and enrichment of the original baseline datasets.


You are invited to Ottawa Civic Tech's weekly "hacknights", held every Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00pm. Free and open to all, hacknights bring together people from all walks of life to connect, learn, share, and collaborate.

You do not need to be a "techie" to attend - everyone is welcome to participate and contribute to building civic good through technology, data, design, policy, advocacy & citizen engagement. Join us!

Typically, the first Tuesday of the month features a guest speaker. Other weeks may also feature a guest speaker, but is primarily meant to provide dedicated time and space for the community to make progress on their projects.



6:00-6:30pm -- Doors Open; Networking

6:30-6:45pm -- Welcome and Introductions

6:45-7:00pm -- Project updates + new pitches

7:00-8:00pm -- Hacknight (breakout group work sessions)


In addition to our weekly in-person hacknights, the YOWCT community uses Slack to communicate and collaborate on projects. Request an invitation to join our workspace here: https://yowct-invite-bot.herokuapp.com/

Find out more about Ottawa Civic Tech at http://ottawacivictech.ca/