City’s open data on the menu for learning, hacking
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Dec 04, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

City’s open data on the menu for learning, hacking

Ottawa East News

When it comes to crunching city-hall data, a local group wants to move beyond apps.

Advocacy group Open Data Ottawa has held four events mainly focused on bringing citizens and software developers together to create applications or “apps” using city data for mobile devices, but its Dec. 8 event is looking to get a bit more creative.

The fifth Open Data Ottawa Hackathon will have as much learning as it does “hacking,” said Mary Beth Baker, one of the organizers.

Organizers hope the event will discover how the city can see itself in new ways and how citizens can solve problems in creative ways using data. With another edition of the city’s open data app contest scheduled for the new year, the Dec. 8 Learn Hack YOW event is a good way to warm up, Baker wrote in an email.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Champlain Room of city hall at 110 Laurier Ave. W. Partnering with Ladies Learning to Code and the city, Open Data Ottawa will kick off the event with a series on hands-on tutorials to teach participants about data entrepreneurship, mobile web usability, information visualization, Google charts and Google fusion tables.

In the afternoon, the group of entrepreneurial and tech-savvy citizens will come together to create projects such as apps or new ways to view and interpret the information the city makes available as open data.

“The city has released to citizens many rich data sets, encouraged us to see our city in new ways, and enabled us to solve problems in creative ways using data. Let’s keep learning and hacking together,” Baker wrote in an email.

The event is scheduled to wrap up at 5 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register for free online at learnhackyow.eventbrite.com. For $11 participants can also sign up for lunch.

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