In the months since the third International Open Data Conference (IODC), we have seen our community deepen their involvement, by sharing the wealth of materials in our IODC 2015 Report and through our blog posts that seek to map out the road to Spain and IODC 2016. The cooperation and teamwork at the heart of the IODC mission are evident in emerging open data initiatives like the UN’s Data Revolution, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and the Open Data Charter, with whom the IODC continues to partner closely in our open data Roadmap.
We hope you’ve had the chance to follow along as our blog contributors comment on all five Action Areas laid out in our Roadmap, including the Charter, Standards, Skills and Learning, Problem Solving, and Measurement. Our bloggers continue to share their progress at partner organizations from the Caribbean Open Institute in Jamaica to Indonesia’s Jakarta Lab, to the Omidyar Network in the UK to the French office of the OECD.
This past fall was also busy with conferences and summits hosted by peers in the open data community. Check out our blog for reports from the OGP summit in Mexico City and Condatos in Santiago, among other places. Events like these enable the IODC community to explore emerging ideas in the data revolution. They also offer a space for continuing discussion of our next steps. These hubs of community around the globe are essential to propelling the IODC agenda forward.
Looking ahead, we are grateful for the widespread participation in the IODC 2015, from the intensive days of the Ottawa conference to the shared development of the IODC Roadmap, to the contributions of dozens of expert colleagues to the OpenDataCon blog.
Now, in partnership with our colleagues in Spain, we turn to the planning and agenda development for the IODC 2016 in Madrid. Our fourth event will draw upon the Roadmap and continue conversations from Ottawa, but it will also provide a shared platform for our European colleagues and all of you in the IODC community to discuss new opportunities and challenges.
Under the slogan “Global goals, local impact”, the Madrid conference will focus on aggregating the most innovative and practical open data solutions that are driving social and economic impact in areas such as smart cities, journalism, geospatial data, open science, health, education, and more.
IODC 2016 will also provide opportunities for networking and collaboration among approximately 1,500 participants from government and civil society who will learn from international open data experts—and of course from each other.
Therefore, we look forward to continuing to facilitate conversations about the Roadmap and the desired outcomes of IODC 2016. Community engagement is essential to IODC, as it allows us to share, learn, and co-create the the open data agenda.
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Above: Panelists of the Main Session titled “Open Cities: The Local Data Revolution” at the 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, Canada in May 2015. From left to right: Tuty Kusumawati (Head of Board for Regional Planning Development, Jakarta Capital City Government), Amen Ra Mashariki (Chief Data Analytics Officer, City of New York), Guillermo Moncecchi (Deputy Minister, Industry, Energy, and Mining of Uruguay), and Harout Chitilian (City Councillor and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee, City of Montreal). Photo: Teckles Photography Inc.