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A report back and debrief from the Toronto Open Data Lab held November 2nd, 2009 at Toronto City Hall during the Toronto Innovations Showcase event.

A report back and debrief from the Toronto Open Data Lab held November 2nd, 2009 at Toronto City Hall during the Toronto Innovations Showcase event.


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  • My name is Mark Kuznicki. I’m a freelance consultant based out of the Centre for Social Innovation and my practice combines face-to-face events with online social media in order to engage citizens around questions of public policy innovation or social betterment.
    ChangeCamp, January, Toronto...the main question…Ottawa May, Vancouver June
    Gov policy, tech, comms, Citizen dev, wonk, designer, mediamaker
    One of my messages to this audience as we look at the current state of Gov 2.0 in Canada is that whether or nor you decide to make change using these new technologies, people outside government are and they’re moving rapidly into what has traditionally been your turf. I am inviting you to join them and co-innovate with them.
    The perspective I bring to this conversation is that of the active, engaged and enabled outsider.
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    • 1. Open Data Lab Report Back #OpenDataTO Mark Kuznicki Toronto Innovations Showcase, November 3, 2009
    • 2. Who am I? Mark Kuznicki @remarkk http://remarkk.com mark@remarkk.com
    • 3. 9:30 - Mayor Announces Toronto.ca/Open
    • 4. 10:16am The First Mashup
    • 5. http://briangilham.com/to-wards/
    • 6. We gathered
    • 7. Our collaborators... City staff and management Software developers & technologists Web entrepreneurs Social entrepreneurs Designers Social policy researchers Data librarians Media creators
    • 8. We had a challenge Imagine a city that thinks like the web...
    • 9. Our Materials
    • 10. An afternoon in the Lab... 1. Inspire - 4 presentations: Peter Corbett, Dave Wallace, David Suydam, Matthew Milan 2. Learn - 6 x 10 minute “speed dating” between community members & City data experts 3. Imagine - 9 x 30 minute brainstorming 4. Share - 9 x 3 minute report back
    • 11. > 500 tweets on #opendataTO > 4500 words of notes on http://wiki.changecamp.ca/OpenDataTO
    • 12. Key Questions • Where does the data come from? • How is it populated? • Whatʼs in/whatʼs out? • What formats? • Is there a standard? • What frequency? • What else do you have?
    • 13. Nine Ideas • A framework and toolset for multi-language translation of city data, supported by Torontoʼs technology & newcomer communities • Multi-modal commute times to support location decisions (work/live, etc) and carbon footprint reduction • TO Fun-finder: using geo-location, events, community centres etc to find fun things to do within X km radius
    • 14. Nine Ideas • Embeddable widgets to find library books through private blogs, Facebook, etc • A well-documented API wrapper to standardize data into common formats • Fact-checking statements around and between elections - budgets, council votes, elections
    • 15. Nine Ideas • Neighbourhood community services finder mashup (211, TDSB, TCHC, Police, etc) • GPS-aware mobile app with one-button access to next vehicle to your location • Childcare space sharing service, e.g. 3/5 days in one location/time swapped for another location or time
    • 16. What people need to make ideas reality...
    • 17. trust
    • 18. more data, more ways
    • 19. a real problem to solve
    • 20. What is the impact of one day?
    • 21. the beginning of a new conversation
    • 22. inside/out and outside/in
    • 23. Ask the community how they might solve your problem
    • 24. real problems + open data + city staff expertise + community capability = awesome
    • 25. Child-care space sharing app • a real problem experienced by real people • open data released now • a city expert who understands the problem space clearly articulating the problem • an opportunity for data-in as well as data-out • leverage the peer to peer power of the web • community members with capability and passion
    • 26. Where to next?
    • 27. What can we do together?
    • 28. How do we make open civic innovation sustainable?
    • 29. We need an ecosystem
    • 30. http://www.datato.org/
    • 31. http://groups.google.com/group/datato
    • 32. What are the components of Torontoʼs open data ecosystem?
    • 33. Mark Kuznicki http://remarkk.com Twitter: @remarkk mark@remarkk.com