International Open Data Day in Edmonton - Blog
Today is Open Data Day around the world, and here in Edmonton we celebrated with a hackathon at the Edmonton Public Library's new Makerspace. A few dozen people came out to learn more about open data, to hear ideas from others, and to start exploring and building. The day started off with "speed data-ing", where anyone who wanted to could pitch an idea to the room. Once the pitches were done, there were a lot of great conversations taking place as everyone figured out how they wanted to spend their time for the rest of the day. Teams slowly self-assembled, and then everyone got to work. At the end of the day, teams had the opportunity to show off the progress they had made throughout the day. One team worked on visualizing open datasets so that they could be more easily accessed and used by educators. Another team looked at visualizing how many dogs there are and which breeds are most popular in different areas of the city. The winning idea was a visualization of tree data in