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Bringing Cities, Libraries and Citizens Together through Open Data Hackathons

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Bringing Cities, Libraries and Citizens Together through Open Data Hackathons

  1. 1. Bringing Cities, Libraries and Citizens Together through Open Data Hackathons Alex Carruthers Digital Public Spaces Librarian @acecarruthers 7/3/2015
  2. 2. Open Data is Really Exciting 2
  3. 3. Really! 3 Open Government Partnership (OGP) (2012)
  4. 4. So Much Potential! 4 Image retrieved from www.opengovpartnership.org
  5. 5. Realizing the Potential of Open Data 5 Developing and Administering Open Policy Licensing Planning and Collecting Data Centralized, Machine- Readable Data Publishing Public Outreach Government • Request • Analyze • Combine • Visualize/Map • Develop Apps Citizens
  6. 6. Realizing the Potential of Open Data 6 Developing and Administering Open Policy Licensing Planning and Collecting Data Centralized, Machine- Readable Data Publishing Public Outreach Government • Request • Analyze • Combine • Visualize/Map • Develop Apps Citizens Data Literacy Programming & Resources Publishing Library Data Bringing Everyone Together
  7. 7. How We’ll Proceed 7 1. Edmonton? 2. International Open Data Day 3. Case Studies Open Data Day Hackathons 2014/2015 4. EPL/ City of Edmonton Partnership Successes! (And Challenges)
  8. 8. Edmonton? 8
  9. 9. 9 Edmonton Alberta Canada Metropolitan Population: 1,000,000+ Winner of the Canadian Open Data Award 2015
  10. 10. Citizen Dashboard 10 Retrieved from https://dashboard.edmonton.ca/green
  11. 11. Open City Policy • Manage information and data assets as a strategic resource • Ensure information and data are open by default and private where appropriate • Expand opportunities to foster a collaborative environment and engage Edmontonians to ensure municipal activities reflect community values, priorities and standards • Embrace technology and new business models to deliver services to Edmontonians • Remove barriers to access and open up new possibilities for collaboration between Edmontonians and the City • Work with other public and private sector organizations for the advancement of Open City principles. 11 Retrieved from the Open City Initiative (2014)
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  13. 13. International Open Data Day 13 opendataday.org
  14. 14. 14 Hackathons Images retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Logo_of_Swiss_Open_Cultural_Data_Hackathon_2015.svg http://povertyhack.posnercenter.org/, https://ncsclub.sunyit.edu/?page_id=197, http://twtrland.com/profile/hackathons, http://www.wolfram.com/hackathons/ http://www.wired.com/2012/02/ff_hackathons/ Open Data Hackathon How-to Guide - OpenDataBC
  15. 15. Case Study: International Open Data Day 2014 and 2015 at Edmonton Public Library 15
  16. 16. Meeting City Goals 2014 16 Developing and Administering Open Policy Licensing Planning and Collecting Data Centralized, Machine- Readable Data Publishing Public Outreach Government • Request • Analyze • Combine • Visualize/Map • Develop Apps Citizens
  17. 17. ODD2014 Schedule 17 9:30 Opening remarks 9:45 “Speed data-ing” 10:30 Project pitches 11:00 Hacking begins 12:00 Pizza 4:30 Project debrief
  18. 18. Speed Data-ing “Open Dataing is about getting everyone engaged. Helping public servants see what citizens are interested in and how they can see technology working for them, it’s also about getting participants to learn about what is available, what’s possible, and what are some of the real constraints faced by city staff” – David Eaves, Open Data Advocate 18 http://eaves.ca/2013/03/11/open-data-day-2013- in-vancouver/
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  23. 23. Hackathon Debrief 23
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  25. 25. 25 http://blog.mastermaq.ca/2014/09/23/open- data-in-edmonton-is-exciting-again/
  26. 26. Meeting City Goals 2015 26 Developing and Administering Open Policy Licensing Planning and Collecting Data Centralized, Machine- Readable Data Publishing Public Outreach Government • Request • Analyze • Combine • Visualize/Map • Develop Apps Citizens
  27. 27. Why Should the City Partner with the Library? • the library is the steward and owner of large amounts of data • the library has the same beliefs and concerns about Open Data • the library provides another channel for public engagement • leverages the libraries expertise and the libraries relationships with other organizations, groups, and networks. 27
  28. 28. 28 http://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/hub/77- open-data-day-hackathon-2015/
  29. 29. Hack Code of Conduct The Quick Version Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hack day attendance or computing experience (or lack of any of the aforementioned). We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, including hacks, talks, workshops, parties, social media and other online media. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon without a refund (if applicable) at the discretion of the hackathon organizers. 29 http://hackcodeofconduct.org
  30. 30. Feedback from Intro to Hackathons: Hacking for Non-Hackers 6 4 6 4 8 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 ...could meaningfully participate in a hackathon without coding skills? ...could prepare an idea to present at a hackathon? ...understand what a hackathon is and why someone might want to participate? Very confident Somewhat Not very Not at all How confident are you that you… 24 participants 12 surveys
  31. 31. 5 5 3 7 7 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 ...understand what open data is? ...know where to find open data resources? ...could get started analyzing open data? Very Somewhat Not very Not at all How confident are you that you… Feedback from Levelling the Playing Field: Using Open Data to Understand Edmonton Better 20 participants 12 surveys
  32. 32. ODD2015 Introductory Remarks 32
  33. 33. Speed Data-ing 33
  34. 34. Hacking 34
  35. 35. linkyeg.ca 35
  36. 36. EdmontonReads 36
  37. 37. ‘Hood Rank 37 www.hoodrank.com
  38. 38. Media Response http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId= 556374 38
  39. 39. EPL/ City of Edmonton Partnership Successes! (and Challenges!) 39
  40. 40. Survey Details Open Data Day 2014 29 Participants 15 Completed Survey 51% participation rate Open Data Day 2015 37 Participants 23 Completed Survey 62% participation rate
  41. 41. 7% 33% 33% 27% 0% 20% 40% 60% 17 or younger 18 - 30 31 - 45 45+ Which age group do you fall into? 2014 2015 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Beginner Intermediate Advanced How would you describe your programming skills? 2014 2015 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% Yes No Have you ever attended a hackathon before? 2014 2015 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Yes No Have you ever attended an event at EPL before? 2014 2015 Participant Demographics 95% Do you have a library card? (2015) Yes No
  42. 42. 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Will you continue to develop the project you started at the hackathon? 2014 2015 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% Yes No If we hosted another hackathon would you try to attend? 2014 2015
  43. 43. Overall, what did you like the best about the hackathon? 2014 2015
  44. 44. 2 1 1 0 4 4 1 3 2 2 5 3 Working with new people Networking Learning new things Access to expertise What participants liked most about the hackathon by skill level Beginner (5) Intermediate (11) Advanced (5) Other things participants liked: • Sense of excitement • That open data got media attention • Well organized
  45. 45. How could the hackathon be improved? A lot of people made suggestions that reflect concern that there isn’t enough time to accomplish something: • more structure to the event • share what people are working on in advance • provide more information on open data and hackathons in advance • encourage smaller projects • fewer speeches (Beginner 3, Intermediate 7, and Advanced 1) Other suggestions: • More participants with coding skills (2) • Funding for projects • More participants • Bigger venue
  46. 46. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% How can EPL best support the open data community in the future? 2014 2015 Other (2015): • Weekday lunch hour sessions related to coding and open data! • Host events more often than annually • Promote list of apps that can be used to analyze open data such as scraping tools (e.g. import.io, tableau)
  47. 47. 4 3 3 4 3 3 1 9 9 9 7 5 4 2 5 5 3 1 3 1 0 (2015) Beginner Intermediate Advanced 6 5 4 6 2 3 2 4 2 3 3 2 2 1 2 3 3 1 3 2 1 Provide library open data Host more hackathons Promote open data projects on epl.ca Offer code camps and other in-person coding courses Promote open data on social media Promote open data resources in EPL's collection Other (2014) Beginner Intermediate Advanced
  48. 48. 48 Other: • “More visualizations” (I) • “Need to have ongoing public dialogue and problem solving” (I) • “Host various program to promote the use of open data among the citizenship” (A) • “Competition should be organized among students and interested groups” (A) 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 Release more data Advertise new datasets Make data easier to use Offer grants for open data projects Share examples of open data projects Teach people how to use open data Promote open data to city staff How can the City of Edmonton best support the open data community in the future? Beginner (4) Intermediate (11) Advanced (4)
  49. 49. City Participant Feedback 49 City data sets showcased Having everybody together in one place to share ideas and work on different ideas. It was fun helping different groups to develop ideas, explain city data or processes, technical help with using tools, and general discussion about open data. Seeing all the various organizations and players come together to work to create solutions What did you like most about the hackathon? Note: Responses were anonymized. Word bubbles do not indicate a direct quote.
  50. 50. City Participant Feedback 50 Maybe have a follow up session, so that people could keep working on the concepts? Having some means of seeing results of using open data would go a long way in making the connection between the provider and consumer of the data. Post hackathon meetup on topics for biz area. How could EPL and the City make participating in Open Data Day more relevant and useful for your work? Note: Responses were anonymized. Word bubbles do not indicate a direct quote.
  51. 51. How the City Sees the Library “Cohosting the hackathon with the library opened my eyes to the foundational role of libraries in communities. I saw the dedication and creativity of library staff who aimed to - above all - reach people, bring them together, and create a sense of community and belonging. While I knew the Stanley Milner Library in downtown Edmonton, in particular, was a hub of activity, I did not personally grasp the diversity of people and activities that drew Edmontonians there before the hackathon. There really is something for everyone, and the venue was a perfect choice for the event because it's a place where people of different ages and backgrounds feel comfortable spending the day. This was demonstrated through the diversity of hackathon participants that stayed the full day and the positive energy in the room.” –Janelle Robb, former Administrative Assistant, IT Department, City of Edmonton 51
  52. 52. How the City Sees the Library “For some of the Project members, there was a limited view on the kinds of services provided by the Library (some thought that the library’s core service was to provide books and other materials). Seeing how the library shares the same principles of transparency, open data and utilizing the community to look at the data was an eye opener.” – Marc St. Martin, Program Manager, Corporate and Departmental Initiatives, Corporate Services, City of Edmonton 52
  53. 53. Realizing the Potential of Open Data 53 Developing and Administering Open Policy Licensing Planning and Collecting Data Centralized, Machine- Readable Data Publishing Public Outreach Government • Request • Analyze • Combine • Visualize/Map • Develop Apps Citizens Data Literacy Programming & Resources Publishing Library Data Bringing Everyone Together
  54. 54. Questions? Review this presentation at http://bit.ly/litaevals 54 acarruthers@epl.ca @acecarruthers

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