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Open Data Community Hub - LAUNCH
On Thursday, March 29 the Open Toronto Meetup Group will host its first ever Toronto Open Data Community Hub! Our goal is to use Open Data to investigate four subject areas by creating objective tools and developing insights that will provide a better picture on those subject areas. We asked our members to help us determine which subject areas we would investigate by ranking their top four choices from the United Nations list of 17 Sustainable Goals (below are the results). Each month we will host meetups where members will split into four teams and lend their skills and knowledge as they build a comprehensive analysis of their chosen subject area. This analysis will be presented at our end-of-year gala on October 18, 2018. Teams will have the autonomy too choose their own strategy and scope of research. Want to take a “30,000 Feet Up” approach? No problem. Want to take a deep look at a specific neighbourhood in Toronto? You can do that too! Want to do both? Don’t let us stop you :-) This is a new and exciting initiative for Open Toronto and we hope you join us on this journey! --------- Sustainable Cities & Communities Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure. The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more. --------- Reduced Inequalities ( The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty. The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction. However, inequality still persists and large disparities remain in access to health and education services and other assets. Additionally, while income inequality between countries may have been reduced, inequality within countries has risen. There is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. --------- Decent Work & Economic Growth ( Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty. A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. . The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015. Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population. --------- Good Health & Wellbeing Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.

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    The Open Government & Open Data movements have fuelled an unprecedented cultural and technological shifts inside the halls of our government.

    Now, more than ever, citizens have the opportunity to work along side public servants in an effort to make their city, their province, and their country a better place to live.

    The Open Toronto Meetup Group ( is dedicated to exploring the potential of these movements by profiling voices from government, citizens, and technologists. We will also bring to Toronto an idea from the Open Data Ottawa Meetup Group: Something called an "Open Data Book Club" where instead of reviewing books, we will be reviewing Open Data Sets.

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