It will bring together pioneers and leading lights from the field of Open Data. Speakers will give us a glimpse of their vision of the value and hidden potential in seemingly mundane, ordinary facts about our daily lives, and how by collating and analyzing data we can more clearly visualize on-the-ground realities, and thus work together more effectively to improve our lives.
“A piece of data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.” There is an element of ownership, that one must take into consideration; copyright and related intellectual property tools such as Creative Commons can allow us to find ways of sharing datasets between organizations, government departments that can illuminate a path toward collaborating in innovative ways, thus creating solutions that would otherwise have been hidden from us. How Open Data can be used to make ordinary lives better is not as easy as it sounds, as Ketty Adoch describes in her Open Data Day blog. “but there has to be a starting point, “by using different approaches: we are bringing policy and government people, computer application developers, legal people, potential Open Data users (that could be you and me, the ordinary citizen), potential Open Data providers, legal people and journalists.”
There will be discussions about the various components that go to into Open Data, which, in turn, contribute to improved local and national planning, the importance of mapping, GIS, Spatial Data Infrastructure, quality of data, and, most importantly, how each of us can play a role in contributing to the process, whereby we can make our own homes, communities and countries a better place to live.
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