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Webinar: The Evolution of Open Data in Canada


January 24, 2019 12:00 - 13:15





When the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant Geothink began in 2012, it was only one year after Canada’s federal government started its Open Data website.  Open data refers to a concept that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use (especially when created through public funding) and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents, or any other forms of control. During the more than five year duration of the grant, Geothink researchers have taken an interdisciplinary lens to investigating open data as it pertains to privacy issues, accessibility, interoperability, and its use with new communications and networked technologies. Canada is a big country, almost ten million square kilometers, so there is no wonder that our Partnership bore witness to a variety of changes to municipal and governmental uses of open data and associated technologies. This panel brings together experts in open data from Geothink’s municipal, nonprofit, and academic partners to discuss how open data has evolved during the grant.

On Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 PM EST, Geothink will host its thirteenth Geothink&Learn video conference session. This session (along with four final webinars planned for the remaining months of the project) marks the end of the grant.

The panel will be convened by Geothink Co-Applicant Peter Johnson, an associate professor in University of Waterloo’s Department of Geography and Environmental Management.

Other panelists include:

  • Dan Murray, Director of Information Technology and Services at City of Kitchener and
  • Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director of OpenNorth
  • Patrick Lozeau, Innovation & Open Data advisor for the Montreal Urban Innovation Lab, City of Montreal

A question and answer session will follow after presentations conclude. Our panelists will briefly talk about their own experiences and then reflect on the Partnership’s work.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.