The International Open Data Conference is attracting the attention of governments and civil society organizations the world over, and the conference has partnered with many of them to put together a week-long agenda of landmark open data summits and events.

The week of May 25-29 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, as detailed below.

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May 25, 2015

Time: 8:30-16:30
Venue: The Shaw Centre
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.

May 27, 2015

Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Venue: Shaw Centre, Room 206, 208 and 202
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.

May 27, 2015

Venue: Shaw Centre, Rooms 12, 104 105 107, 204 & 207
On Wednesday 27th May 2015, ahead of the 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, a series of Open Data Standard related fringe events will be taking place.

Find out about these independently organised events here, and register to take part.

All sessions take place at the Shaw Centre, Ottawa, and are organised by a range of different partner organisations. They are open to registered delegates of the International Open Data Conference.

May 27, 2015

Time: 8:30-13:00
Venue: IDRC, 8th Floor, Hopper Rooms
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.

For more information, please contact:

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
May 27, 2015

Time: 15:00-17:00, followed by reception
Venue: Shaw Centre, Room 203
The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Secretariat is organizing a pre-meeting event for GODAN partners and people from the sector who want to join the partnership. This informal session allows you to meet the GODAN staff who will provide you with information on the development of the GODAN partners’ network. You will also be amongst the first to review our White Paper developed with the ODI on Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition. We will close the session with a drinks reception. Register here.



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May 27, 2015

Time: 14:00-17:00
Venue: Shaw Conference Centre, Shaw Board Room (TBC)
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.

May 26, 2015

Time: 9:00-17:00
Venue: Shaw Conference Centre, Gatineau Room
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

For more information contact:

May 27, 2015
This one day conference is for technical enthusiasts, Open Government policy makers, and those new to the open source world. Learn more about CKAN, the premier open data portal software, including recent updates, useful extensions, and hear directly from implementers about how CKAN is being used in their organization.


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