Open Data - for Conservation & Community Good


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Our natural environment has much to do with personal and community well-being. Open Data is introduced as an opportunity to create awareness and make better use of natural heritage/ecosystem/environmental data. The need to enhance collaboration and moving forward to create a "Nature Ecosystem Wellness Index" is proposed.

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Open Data - for Conservation & Community Good

  1. Open Data- for Conservation & Community Good Presented by Jury Konga, Principal eGovFutures Group
  2. Housekeeping• You have homework! Review this presentation on and provide feedback ….• If tweeting; I’m @jkonga consider following hashtags: #latornell11 #opendata #opengov #openscience #conservation #collaboration #innovation• Acknowledgements …. big thank you to the following folks for feedback - Don Pearson and Chris Wilkinson, Conservation Ontario - Tracey Lauriault, Researcher/PhD Candidate, Carleton University - Harvey Low, City of Toronto - Tracey Steele, Town of Richmond Hill - Michelle Molnar, David Suzuki Foundation - Herb Lainchbury, Open Data BC 2
  3. Visualizing the Latornell 2011 Program This CONCERNS me!Jury KongaOpen by Design TM 3
  4. A Citizens Driven Priority View Source: Suzanne Long from Toronto ChangeCamp 2009Jury Konga Data is essential… irrespective of domain!Open by Design TM 4
  5. Context: Open Government Framework Framework Core Components Stakeholder Open Data Collaboration Innovation Engagement Framework Supporting Infrastructure • Leadership &  Data Governance  Human & Financial • Policy & Standards Resources • Technology Adapted from Municipal Open Government Framework, June 2011Jury KongaOpen by Design TM 5
  6. Open Data - Community Driven Principles (circa 2010) 10 Principles for Opening Up Government Information Completeness  Machine readability Primacy  Non- discrimination Timeliness  Use of commonly owned standards Ease of Physical and Electronic Access  Licensing Permanence  Usage costsJury KongaOpen by Design TM 6
  7. Open Government Data Current State - Where in the World KongaOpen by Design TM 7
  8. Open Government Data Current State - From Local to GlobalJury KongaOpen by Design TM 8
  9. Open Data Value Proposition - Analytics for Community ImprovementsJury KongaOpen by Design TM 9
  10. Open Data Value Proposition - Re-Use of Data via Applications • BC Apps 4 Climate Action • App Winner: Waterly • Tracks recent rainfall near your home • Notifies by email when you dont need to water your lawn • No more need to water just because it is your watering day • Benefits citizens, the community and mother natureJury Konga Created by by Design TM 10
  11. Open Data Value Proposition - Re-Use of Data via Applications Community Driven and Supplied Solutions KongaOpen by Design TM Thanks to Herb Lainchbury, Open Data BC for reference 11
  12. Open Data Value Proposition - Visualization for Education • Hans Rosling’s Gapminder App • Raw data input from simple table • Animation to simplify understanding of temporal dataJury KongaOpen by Design TM 12
  13. Open Data Value Proposition - Visualization + Data • Dynamic visualization based on neighbourhoods • User control over well-being indicators & weighting • Option to download data for re-use ! • New features on the way Source: Harvey Low, Project Manager Social Policy, Analysis and Research KongaOpen by Design TM 13
  14. Open Data – It’s not Just Government Data International Council for Science : Committee on Data for Science and Technology 2012 Conference: “Open Data and Information for a Changing Planet" Principles 1. Science is an investment in the public interest. 2. Scientific advances rely on full and open access to data. 3. A market model for access to data is unsuitable for research and education 4. Publication of data is essential to scientific research and the dissemination of knowledge. 5. The interests of database owners must be balanced with societys need for open exchange of ideas. 6. Legislators should take into account the impact intellectual property laws may have on research and education. KongaOpen by Design TM 14
  15. Open Scientific Data• Informal defn: “Open science is the idea that scientific knowledge of all kinds should be openly shared as early as is practical in the discovery process.”• Fundamental Goals – July 28, 2009.  Transparency in experimental methodology, observation and collection of data  Public availability and reusability of scientific data  Public accessibility and transparency of scientific communication  Using web-based tools to facilitate scientific collaboration• Opportunity for collaboration and benefits to society are HUGEJury KongaOpen by Design TM 15
  16. Open Corporate Data“The 147 Companies That Control Everything”Forbes Article, October 22, 2011. • OpenCorporates is a recent initiative • Aims: URL for every company in the world & relating government data to companies • How about a “Good” Corporate Source: The New Scientist; (Image: PLoS One) Citizen Index …. Occupy Wall Street revealed--the-capitalist-network-that-runs-the-world.html (#OWS) would be interested Jury Konga 16 Open by Design TM
  17. Issues, Challenges, Metrics • Key issues via David Climate Change Suzuki Foundation • With our natural and built systems – everything is Freshwater Health Oceans connected to everything • How do we measure our overall health or Wildlife and Habitat wellbeing?Jury KongaOpen by Design TM 17
  18. Measuring our Wellbeing - Canadian Index of Wellness(CIW) Indicators Circa 2001 Composite Index What’s wrong with this picture? Jury Konga Open by Design TM 18
  19. Measuring our Environmental Wellbeing • Parameters are from Canadian Index of Wellbeing • Overarching: Air, Land and Water – are there parameters missing? • How well are we set up to collaborate on this? Jury Konga Open by Design TM 19
  20. Well Being Planet Earth - Wellbeing Conservation • What should the goals be? • What should we measure? • How do we make it happen – government? NGO’s, citizens and other stakeholders? • How do we ensure it’s sustainable? • How do we ensure it feeds into the public and private sector policy development realm?Jury KongaOpen by Design TM 20
  21. Measuring Community Wellbeing • Wellbeing Toronto launched 2011 • Variety of variables contributing to wellbeing • Empowers citizens to rank importance of factors in their community wellbeingJury KongaOpen by Design TM 21
  22. Moving Forward …“All of us are smarter than one of us” Collaborate Now“There are more knowledgeable peopleoutside your organization than inside” Jury Konga Open by Design TM 22
  23. Moving Forward … - what’s our Current State• In local government, there is a “hard” infrastructure deficit in Canada of $123B (2007) & requires attention• What’s Canada’s Natural Heritage/Ecosystem deficit? - “Harder to peg” … need agreed to standards• Need to open data, standardize process and analyse the data to derive a current state assessment at local, provincial, national and global scales -> then set goals & action plan to address the deficitJury KongaOpen by Design TM 23
  24. Moving forward - leverage the “Cloud” Public Municipal Service Find the data Provincial Federal Share the data External OpenData. Academia, Non- Data Linkages OpenData.CA Profits, Commu nity Groups EARTH (e.g. World Bank) OpenStreetMap Community Updates USE the dataSource: Municipal Open Government Framework, 2010 Jury Konga 24 Open by Design TM
  25. Moving forward - leverage what already ExistsEnhanced coordination & data integration will benefit the communityJury Konga 25Open by Design TM
  26. Moving forward - leverage Resources already in PlaceEnhanced coordination & resource sharing will benefit the communityJury Konga 26Open by Design TM
  27. Moving forward – Create Collaborative teams• G4: Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton & Ottawa• ODF Project: August – December 2010.• ODF Components – Governance – Principles & Policy – Standards – Technology – Data, Operations & Human Resources – Open Data Portal – Future Roadmap Jury Konga Open by Design TM 27
  28. Moving forward – Create Collaborative teams • A very recent opportunity unfolded at the pre- Latornell ONES workshop • Mission: “to advance research and the exchange of knowledge and information related to ecosystem services ..” • Initial focus could be on • communications • creating awareness about the value of nature • impact on personal and community wellbeing • Strategy for opening up “ecosystem”/natural heritage dataJury KongaOpen by Design TM 28
  29. Moving forward … as an Inclusive CommunityNeed to leverage ourCommunity Intellectual Capitaland resources Government Citizens & Community NGO Groups Academia Private Jury Konga Open by Design TM 29
  30. Concluding thoughts …. 1• Common Baseline : Develop a local -> Provincial -> National -> Global Nature Ecosystem Wellbeing (NEW) index Global Common Parameters National Wellbeing Provincial LocalJury KongaOpen by Design TM Time 30
  31. Concluding thoughts …. 2• Embrace Open Data – Make it Policy Open Data + Integrated Community Analyses = Integrated Enhanced Decision Community Making Analyses & Policy Development (& MUCH more)Jury KongaOpen by Design TM 31
  32. Concluding thoughts …. 3• Collaboration is an Imperative Need to optimize our resources – physical, financial and intellectual capitalSource: Jury Konga, “Collaboration 2.0- Leveraging Today’s Technology for Tomorrow’s Challenges” Let’s support this new collaborative groupJury KongaOpen by Design TM 32
  33. Concluding thoughts …. 4• Just Do It! Recycling a mantra from eGovernment in the 2000’s …. “Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast” Mother Nature and Collaborate Large needs our help - and we need her!Jury KongaOpen by Design TM 33
  34. Thank You Jury Konga, Principal eGovFutures Group Twitter @jkonga Skype jury.konga Other presentations: