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eaves.ca: Open Data Day Google+ Hang Out

With just about a month to go until Open Data Day things are going well. There are quite a few cities that have been added to the open data day wiki. This year we thought we would try something new. On January 21st we are going to host a Get Ready For Open Data Day . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data Day Google+ Hang Out

eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2014 is Coming Feb 22 – Time to Join the Fun!

So, with much help from various community members (who reminded me that we need to get this rolling – looking at you Heather Leson), I pleased to say we are starting to gear up for Open Data Day 2014 on February 22nd, 2014. From its humble beginnings of a conversation between a few friends who . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2014 is Coming Feb 22 – Time to Join the Fun!

eaves.ca: Open Data Day: Lessons for Hacktivists

This piece is cross-posted on TechPresident where I post articles on the intersection of politics, technology and transparency and serve as an editor.

Three years ago, after a chance encounter with Daniela Silva and Pedro Markun of Sao Paulo and a meeting with Edward Ocampo-Gooding and Mary Beth Baker in Ottawa, with whom I shared . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data Day: Lessons for Hacktivists

eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2013 in Vancouver

Better late than never, I’m going to do a few posts this week recapping a number of ideas and thoughts from Open Data Day 2013. As is most appropriate, I’m going to start the week with a recap of Vancouver – the Open Data Day event I attended and helped organize along with my friend . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2013 in Vancouver

eaves.ca: Community Managers: Expectations, Experience and Culture Matter

Here’s an awesome link to grind home my point from my OSCON keynote on Community Management, particularly the part where I spoke about the importance of managing wait times – the period between when a volunteer/contributor takes and action and when they get feedback on that action.

In my talk I referenced code review wait . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Community Managers: Expectations, Experience and Culture Matter

eaves.ca: Beautiful Maps – Google Maps in Water Colours

You know, really never know what the web is going to throw at you next. The great people over at Stamen Design (if you’ve never heard of Stamen you are really missing out – they are probably the best data visualization company I know) have created a watercolor version of Google Maps.

Why?

Because they . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Beautiful Maps – Google Maps in Water Colours

eaves.ca: The Future of Academic Research

Yesterday, Nature – one of the worlds premier scientific journals recognized University of British Columbia scientist Rosie Redfield as one of the top 10 science newsmakers of 2011.

The reason?

After posting a scathing attack on her blog about a paper that appeared in the journal Science, Redfield decided to attempt to recreate the experiment . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Future of Academic Research

eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2011 – Recaps from Around the World

This last Saturday was International Open Data Day with hackathons taking place in cities around the world.

How many you ask? We can’t know for certain, but organizers around the world posted events to the wiki in over 50 cities around the world. Given the number of tweets with the #odhd hashtag, and the locations . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2011 – Recaps from Around the World

eaves.ca: Statistics Canada Data to become OpenData – Background, Winners and Next Steps

As some of you learned last night, Embassy Magazine broke the story that all of Statistics Canada’s online data will not only be made free, but released under the Government of Canada’s Open Data License Agreement (updated and reviewed earlier this week) that allows for commercial re-use.

This decision has been in the works for . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Statistics Canada Data to become OpenData – Background, Winners and Next Steps

eaves.ca: As Canada Searches for its Open Government Partnership Commitments: A Proposal

Just before its launch in New York on September 20th, the Canadian Government agreed to be a signatory of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Composed of over 40 countries the OGP signatories are required to create a list of commitments they promise to implement. Because Canada signed on just before the deadline it has not […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: As Canada Searches for its Open Government Partnership Commitments: A Proposal

eaves.ca: The State of Open Data 2011

What is the state of the open data movement? Yesterday, during my opening keynote at the Open Government Data Camp (held this year in Warsaw, Poland) I sought to follow up on my talk from last year’s conference. Here’s my take of where we are today (I’ll post/link to a video of the talk as […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The State of Open Data 2011

eaves.ca: International Open Data Hackathon 2011: Better Tools, More Data, Bigger Fun

Last year, with only a month of notice, a small group passionate people announced we’d like to do an international open data hackathon and invited the world to participate. We were thinking small but fun. Maybe 5 or 6 cities. We got it wrong. In the end people from over 75 cities around the world […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: International Open Data Hackathon 2011: Better Tools, More Data, Bigger Fun

eaves.ca: The Science of Community Management: DjangoCon Keynote

At OSCON this year, Jono Bacon, argued that we are entering a era of renaissance in open source community management – that increasingly we don’t just have to share stories but that repeatable, scientific approaches are increasingly available to us. In short, the art of community management is shifting to a science. With an enormous […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Science of Community Management: DjangoCon Keynote

eaves.ca: The Geopolitics of the Open Government Partnership: the beginning of Open vs. Closed

There hasn’t been a ton of press about the Open Government Partnership (OGP). This is hardly surprising. The press likes to talk about corruption and bad government, people getting together to talk about actually address these things in far less sexy. But even where good coverage exists analysts and journalists are, I think, misunderstanding the […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Geopolitics of the Open Government Partnership: the beginning of Open vs. Closed

eaves.ca: The End of the World and Journalism in the Era of Open

For those not in the United Kingdom a massive scandal has erupted around allegations that one of the country’s tabloids – the News of the World ( a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation) – was illegally hacking into and listening in on the voicemails of not royal family members and celebrities but also murder […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The End of the World and Journalism in the Era of Open

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Motivating Anti-IP Activism in Canada

In the scheme of things, few people have the interest (or is it patience?) to delve deeply into the concept of “intellectual property” (IP). I think that is why IP regulation is among the most under-considered issues in public political discourse today. It’s difficult, in the snap of a soundbite, to make an easily understood . . . → Read More: Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Motivating Anti-IP Activism in Canada