Working with Open Data? Here is why you need to get yourself to Ottawa, Canada for #IODC15


The week of May 25-29 2015 will be a key convening point for the global open data community, kicking off with the Canadian Open Data Summit hosted by Open North on May 25, to be followed by other important events May 26-27. Take a look at the incredible lineup of events listed below.

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Come and explore a wide variety of open data issues and collaborate on charting the future of open data at the 3rd International Open Data Conference, May 28-29, 2015, in Ottawa, Canada.

The global open data movement has matured since the 2nd International Open Government Data Conference held in Washington in 2012. It’s time to strengthen coordination among open data initiatives across various levels of government, topics, regions, and sectors. It’s time to broaden dialogue to include the voices of experts in sectors that want to use open data and scale-up innovative approaches proven to work. The goal: ensure that all world citizens benefit.

The Government of Canada, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the World Bank invite you to the 3rd International Open Data Conference. From May 28-29, 2015 sector and open data experts, senior government officials, industry leaders, and civil society champions from around the world will gather in Ottawa, Canada to exchange ideas and work together to enable the data revolution.

Registration is now open.


The Canadian Open Data Summit is the annual event where the most pressing challenges facing the open data community are addressed on a national scale. Join us to share best practices and local experiences, to learn from top international experts, and to work on growing the community strategically and collaboratively.


The International Open Data Conference is organizing an unconference on May 26, 2015. Participants at the international open data unconference will have an opportunity to:

    1. Share knowledge and best practices from each other’s contexts;
    2. Engage their peers on issues that the community considers important;
    3. Coordinate and build new initiatives together;

Create new alliances and opportunities for future collaboration across regions; and

  1. Raise awareness around who is working on what, where emerging opportunities lie, and how to most strategically advance the field.

Facilitated by: Allen Gunn: Aspiration Tech
Co-organized by: ILDA. Sunlight Foundation, Open Knowledge, Open North
Register here


A 3 hour workshop for open data leaders from local and national governments around the world. The summit will provide an opportunity for high-ranking government officials to share ideas and discuss challenges together.


The Open Data Research Network will host a one day academic workshop, consisting of a series of paper presentations and discussion panels As open data becomes firmly cemented in the policy mainstream, there is a pressing need to dig deeper into the dynamics of how open data operates in practice, and the theoretical roots of open data activities. Researchers across the world have been looking at these issues, and this workshop offers an opportunity to bring together and have shared dialogue around completed studies and work-in-progress.


In recent years, the number of sector-based international transparency initiatives with open data activities is growing. From the perspective of users, the data needed to hold governments to account, or develop innovative responses to social challenges, may be required to be combined from multiple sectors. There is a need to join the dots between data across silos and jurisdictions.

This workshop will address some common activities that could be better achieved as a community in order to catalyse action on shared technical data standards and activities for open government, improved transparency and accountability. It also represents the beginnings of what might become a better coordinated community effort to tackle common challenges such as governance of standards, outreach, and engagement.


The notion that parliamentarians serve at the behest of citizens is fundamental to democratic governance. Public access to legislative information is already bringing lawmaking into the 21st century: the proactive release of parliamentary and legislative data in open and structured formats has the potential to help strengthen and modernize legislatures, increase trust in governing institutions, and empower legislatures to better represent and engage with an increasingly technology-enabled public. Proactive data sharing gives both parliaments and citizens access to low-cost tools with the potential of enhancing outreach, communication, monitoring and advocacy.

The National Democratic Institute, the Sunlight Foundation, and the Latin American Network on Legislative Transparency, as core partners in, a community of civic organizations dedicated to opening up parliamentary data, will co-host a pre-event to help open data efforts contribute to strong, open and accountable legislatures. The pre-event will include working sessions involving members of the Open Parliament community. Participants in the International Open Data Conference are welcome to attend.

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