On April 28th, Toronto will hold its first ever Open Data Book Club, an idea borrowed from Open Data Ottawa.
This concept is the same as a regular book club, but instead of discussing books, we'll be discussing an Open Data Set from either the Municipal, Provincial, or Federal levels of government.
This month, we’re looking at Toronto’s Open 311 Data Sets. The 311 program was created to improve Torontonians accessibility to non-emergency City services and increases the City's effectiveness in responding to public inquiries.
This is a very active program. In 2014, they received over 400,000 calls about a wide range of issues, including pot holes, bees, lack of adequate heat, and storm clean-ups. These calls are logged and released as Open Data sets.
We will also have Harvey Low from the City of Toronto who will say a few words and answer any questions about next month's Open Data Set... Toronto's Wellbeing Index.
Spend the month of April reviewing, creating, or finding trends within Open 311 Data Set. On April 28th, we'll have a discussion about our findings, and we can even give you the opportunity to deliver a 2-5min presentation about what you’ve found, or created.
We will also have Denis Carr from Toronto’s 311 Program and Keith McDonald from Open Data Toronto in attendance where they’ll be able to listen to your feedback and answer any questions you might have.
Unfortunately, Canada Post holds on to its Postal Code information like dear-life, so I can’t share that information with you without forking out 5-G's. However, there is a Wikipedia entry that lists many of Toronto’s FSA's and you can find the list at the bottom of this page.
You can also find a map of Toronto’s FSAs here: http://www.bsma.ca/pdfs/Toronto_FSA_MAP.pdf
I’m sure there are better tools out there and I kindly ask that should you find them to please post links to the comment board.
530pm: Doors open.
605pm: Richard introduces Meghan Hellstern to say a few words about the StudioY program & Civic Design Camp.
607pm: Richard to introduce Keith McDonald & Denis Carr from the city and how they are here to listen to people’s thoughts about the Portal/Open 311 Data Set and answer any questions they might have.
610pm: We begin our roundtable discussion on the Open 311 Data Set.
715pm: Richard introduces Harvey Low who will say a few words and answer questions about this Month’s Open Data Set: Wellbeing Toronto Index.
730pm: We wrap up the evening.
800pm: Doors close.
Thank you all, and see you on April 28th at the MaRSDD Studio [Y]!
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