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Presentation I gave to the City of Regina Open Data Strategic Committee. Highlights the

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  • 1. How hackers, open data, and the internet are helping the City of Regina Chad McCallum @ChadEmm www.rtigger.com
  • 2.  “Someone who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and stretching their capabilities” – Wikipedia Hacker Attributes:  Passionate  Hard working  Creative  Enjoys what they do
  • 3.  Creating software and sharing it with the community Placing a high value on freedom of inquiry Information sharing as both an ideal and practical strategy
  • 4.  Combination of Hack and Marathon Competition for teams to create “something” with a restricted set of resources Usually has one or more restrictions  Time  Subject (language, operating system, application, API, subject matter, demographic) Goal is to demonstrate an idea using software
  • 5.  A part of the HackDays.ca non- profit, volunteer-run organization Have organized 2 hackathons with over 30 attendees and created 30 applications Approximately half of those applications were created using City of Regina Open Data
  • 6.  API sponsor for both events Helping us spread the word about the event Supporting developers with their applications after the event Promoting open data and developer culture in Regina Prompt feedback and support with open data community
  • 7.  The idea that data should be freely accessible to use and publish From many sources, including science, GIS, academics, industry, and government Plays well into the “hacker ethics” of freedom of inquiry and information sharing as an ideal strategy
  • 8.  Reducing data query time & overhead Private sector investment into dataset Company / Government image Attracts hackers & business Extra set of eyes and hands Combine with other data sets to create rich applications
  • 9.  Hackers are people too :P HackREGINA appreciates the support from the City and looks forward to continuing to work with you in the future Open data is cost-effective, great for the city’s image, and attracts valuable talent