Look at the amazing people on this program, talking about amazing things
in the beautiful George Brown Waterfront campus on June 12th at the annual
event they call "Digital Odyssey":
* Aure Moser from CartoDB sharing her experiences as a map-making developer
librarian in New York City wrangling open source citizen journalism
applications like Ushahidi and curricula developer for Girls Develop IT NYC
and co-organizer of Nodebots NYC (they program robots with Node.js) and
* Mita Williams from the University of Windsor who will be leading
participants on an open data-wielding map-making learning expedition. Mita
sets up Hackforges for breakfast , is a gamer, orator, deep thinker and
instant favourite of any librarian--code-slinging or not--who has met her.
* Cathy Leekum and Sarah Warner, who are going to teach attendees the art
of conducting an oral interview based on their experiences at the Multicultural
Historical Society of Ontario (http://mhso.ca/) and previous gigs at
* Loren Fantin and Jess Posgate from OurDigitalWorld.ca who will provide
advice on how to capture and share content sustainably, drawing on their
adventures (and misadventures!) to inform and entertain.
* An all-star panel of open data experts, including Sameer Vasta from MaRS
Data Catalyst (who in his spare time has co-hosted 24 episodes of the Open
Government Podcast ; Pamela Robinson from Ryerson University who
researches hackathons with open data and is working on a paper about the
library as the civic centre of the community; Keith McDonald who led the
City of Toronto's initial open data efforts and wrote and performs "The
Open Data Song" ; and Bianca Wylie, who founded the Open Data Institute
Toronto and (to select just one piece of recent experience) facilitated the
community engagement process which fed into the "21st Century Library
Service in Allegheny County" report  from 2014.
Oh, and you! All of these sessions will be interactive, so that you can
wring the most value out of them, go back home or to your place of work,
and start publishing, organizing, and facilitating access to open data and
open heritage cultural artifacts. Because *we* are information
professionals, and these is some of the most exciting developments to cut
across the boundaries of GLAM institutions, citizens, developers, and
governments in quite some time.
You can register at https://goo.gl/nqGtfn today--don't wait! Get in before
space runs out!
Dan (who is really, really looking forward to what is going to be an