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The 2021 Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS) Sept 15-16 Online


The Canadian Open Data Summit is back! Hosted this year virtually and bilingually by the Ville de Montréal and the Gouvernement du Québec!

Since 2013, the Summit has been the go-to event for open data advocates, publishers and users; civic technologists; smart city ground-breakers; open government specialists; data literacy champions; newcomers to open data who want to survey the national scene and learn more; and indeed all data-fluent members of civil society!

This two-day event will take place online from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Wednesday, September 15th and Thursday, September 16th. We’ll have the latest and greatest projects, standards, issues and developments, brought to you by the best in the field! Don’t miss the Canadian Open Data Awards where Open Data leaders and innovators receive due recognition and share their successes!

Register before Sunday, August 15th to take advantage of our early-bird discounts!

Our themes for 2021 are:

Engagement and Digital Literacy

The open data by default principle concretized real commitments from governments to actively share their data, opening their doors to the public, so to speak. Today, the open data community calls us to go further — to broaden the entryway, and to create new channels. As we think through how to prioritize publishing data, while making it usable and useful to communities, the theme of engagement and digital literacy becomes essential. A wide range of subjects are envisioned : from understanding open data users needs, to enabling the discoverability of data, to engaging with citizens to create an inclusive and data-informed future.

Responsible Data Governance and Management

Publishing open data is just one step in the lifecycle of data, and in many ways, it’s the tip of the iceberg. This conference theme focuses on looking beneath the waters — getting behind the processes, structures, dynamics, frameworks and actors that create and publish open data, while exploring challenges and solutions to responsible data management and governance. As part of this theme, participants may unpack tricky questions on data ethics, discover new ways of sharing data in pursuit of the common good, and think through the future of digital transformation in government. We invite you to dive in with us!

Want to know more about the Summit? Visit opendatasummit.ca for more details and continuous updates as we build our program!

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