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GO Open Data

Go Open Data is an annual conference that is attended by all sectors interested in learning about and promoting the creation and use of open data.

Saturday May 4th, 2019 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

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About GO Open Data 2019

The 2019 GO Open Data conference will be held in Toronto, hosted by the Toronto Reference Library. Go Open Data is an annual conference that is attended by all sectors interested in learning about and promoting the creation and use of open data.

By definition, open data is machine-readable data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.

But what open data can do is far more important. Open data means transparency and efficiency in government. It means developers can use open data to create innovative solutions and new businesses that help address community problems such as transportation or affordable housing. It means more engaged citizens, bringing together public and private organizations and bridging gaps.

Open data is disruptive. It has the potential to create a better future for everyone. It’s about creating dialogue, creating innovative technologies and highlighting the real business needs for open data.


09:00 – 09:30 Registration & coffee
09:30 – 09:45 Opening remarks
09:50 – 10:20 Challenger pitches
10:20 – 10:30 Icebreakers
10:30 – 10:50 Team formations
10:50 – 12:00 Brainstorming & Idea sharing
12:00 Pizzas!
12:00 – 15:40 Work on projects
15:45 – 16:30 Present your project
16:30 – 17:00 Wrap-up


Data cleaning & data viz 101

Challenge leads: Alteryx and Tableau
Description: Learn how to clean your data and prepare for analysis, create visualizations to tell a story with your data and help people to better understand it.

Algorithms and AI

Challenge lead: Open Government Office of Ontario
Description: How are algorithms and AI being used? How should they be used? Join #openON for a discussion about algorithm and AI use in the public service and how it impacts you.

Justifying the libraries

Challenge lead: Yan Matagne
Description: Let’s create a data visualization dashboard to justify why the libraries are important.

King Street transit pilot

Challenge lead: Raphael Dumas
Description: Create an interactive dashboard using some of the King Street transit pilot’s open data.

Closing the digital divide in Toronto

Challenge lead: Ushnish Sengupta
Description: How can we provide every citizen in Toronto with computers and reliable internet access? Use the data to figure out the areas of highest need to solve this challenge.

Toronto City Council website

Challenge lead: City of Toronto
Description: How can the City of Toronto best present the legislative information and meeting data on to encourage public participation and confidence in local government?

Challenge lead: Jury Konga
Description: There is a need for a central “clearinghouse” for all things open. We have a URL – now we need to design for content and functionality and then start developing the website. The outcome will move forward to be part of a hackathon at the Open Government Partnership Civil Society day at the and of May.

Civic data trusts: a community perspective

Challenge lead: David Cox
Description: How might a civic data trust affect us and our communities? Would everyday citizens have access to the data? How would a data trust affect everyday Torontonians? Let’s explore these questions and more from the perspective of community members who work with data.


Toronto Public Library – Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8

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