Geothink&Learn 13: The Evolution of Open Data in Canada

When the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant Geothink began in 2012, it was only one year after Canada’s federal government started its Open Data website.  Open data refers to a concept that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use (especially when created through public funding) and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents, or any other forms of control. During the more than five year duration of the grant, Geothink researchers have taken an interdisciplinary lens to investigating open data as it pertains to privacy issues, accessibility, interoperability, and its use with new communications and networked technologies. Canada is a big country, almost ten million square kilometers, so there is no wonder that our Partnership bore witness to a variety of changes to municipal and governmental uses of open data and associated technologies. This panel brings together experts in open data from Geothink’s municipal, nonprofit, and academic partners to discuss how open data has evolved during the grant.

On Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 PM EST, Geothink will host its thirteenth Geothink&Learn video conference session. This session (along with four final webinars planned for the remaining months of the project) marks the end of the grant.

The panel will be convened by Geothink Co-Applicant Peter Johnson, an associate professor in University of Waterloo’s Department of Geography and Environmental Management. Other panelists include Dan Murray, Director of Information Technology and Services at City of Kitchener and Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director of OpenNorth.

A question and answer session will follow after presentations conclude. Our panelists will briefly talk about their own experiences and then reflect on the Partnership’s work.

Please download a poster for our session for distribution widely.

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM January 24, 2019


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Convener: Peter Johnson

Moderator: Samuel Lumley


Image result for peter johnson waterlooPeter Johnson is an Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. His research seeks to evaluate the affordances that new geospatial technologies create for communications and information sharing between government and citizens, identifying emergent adoption challenges and constraints.


Image result for dan murray kitchenerDan Murray:




Image result for jean-noe landryJean-Noé Landry:




Image result for patrick lozeauPatrick Lozeau works for the City of Montreal. He’s an Innovation & Open Data advisor for the Montreal Urban Innovation Lab. The Lab is in charge of applying the open data policy inside the City of Montreal.