Windsor Essex Open Data

Budget, Bus, Beach, and Vote: Press Play Wraps Up

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Sunday, February 22nd wrapped up the weeklong Press Play: Data-Journalism Hackathon at the downtown Green Bean Cafe. Four teams, made up of St. Clair College and University of Windsor students, created four different interactive visualizations about Windsor data.

In honour of Open Data Day, we challenged teams to take on open Windsor Data. Our overall winning team, Cornelius and Clara, visualized the distance to bus stops around Windsor and the barriers it creates. Lauren and Akindele, winning Best Piece of Journalism, went around town to challenge Windsorites to understand the budget and imagined a more interactive, clear version. Best Use of Windsor Data went to Zule and Steven, who broke down election statistics from the last municipal election by number and area. And finally, Most Creative Project went to Amanda and hackathon veteran, Meghan for their exploration of accessibly to local tourist attractions by bus or bike.

Best Overall Team:
Cornelius Froese & Clara Benedek
“Transportation in Windsor”

Best Piece of Journalism:
Lauren Hedges & Akindele Faulkner
“Visualizing Windsor’s Annual Budget”

Best Use of Windsor Data:
Steven Espinoza & Zule Li
“Election Web: Windsor Municipal Election 2014”

Most Creative Project:
Meghan O’Donnell & Amanda Sinasac
“Can We Bus it to the Beach?”

Thanks to our judges: Blake Roberts, Don McArthur, Aisling Douglas, and Bob Price.

Press Play was created with support from EPICentre, Open Data Windsor Essex, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and WEtech Alliance.

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Press Play: Data-Journalism Hackathon Kickoff & Roundtable

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Sunday, February 15th kicked off Press Play: Data-Journalism Hackathon at the Windsor Public Library. Four student teams were assembled to take on a week-long challenge of creating interactive visualizations based on Windsor data.

The day also included a panel discussion with community experts on the topic of open data and technology in journalism. Our panelists will also be the judges for the hackathon. The round table included:

Bob Price – Technical Support Analyst at the City of Windsor
Aisling Douglas – UI/UX Designer & Computer Girls Program Facilitator and Instructor
Donald McArthur – Assistant Managing Editor, Digital at The Windsor Star
Blake Roberts – Program Chair of Digital Journalism at the University of Windsor
Dylan Kristy – Web Wrangler for the Windsor Star

Moderator: Douglas Sartori: Board President of Windsor Hackforge

We’ll keep you posted for more Press Play news as we continue towards the big reveal day on Sunday, February 22nd.

Press Play was created by University student Lauren Hedges and Hackforge, with support from EPICentre, Open Data Windsor Essex, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and WEtech Alliance.

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Hackforge/Open Data Windsor-Essex Takes Part in All Candidates Night

This Thursday, August 21st and next Wednesday, August 27th, Hackforge and Open Data Windsor-Essex are taking part in Pathway to Potential’s All Candidates Night, “Shared Prosperity: The Municipal Role in Reducing Poverty.”

Candidates and community members can learn about community groups, like Hackforge, working to improve the quality of life in Windsor Essex. Pathway to Potential will also be presenting their progress, strategic priorities, and highlighting their “What Matters” community survey results. This is also an opportunity to exchange ideas and meet others passionate on improving our communities.

Hackforge is working to making technology accessible to everyone. Money shouldn’t be a barrier for individuals or groups to use technology that could better their lives. Our Tech Talks allow people to learn about different fields for free. The Software Craftsman Guild helps programmers learn best-practice skills and acts as professional development without the cost of a class or membership. Our space gives members access to technology, mentorship, and a working area for projects, learning, and experimentation.

Open Data Windsor-Essex, Hackforge’s special interest group funded by the Ontario Trillium Funding, is promoting, creating, and hosting open data in our community. Through our three year grant, we are working with community partners, both from non-profit groups and the government, to make information free and accessible to everyone. Open Data helps to create a more transparent and community-engaged world when the public has access to information for research, advocacy, education, and content development.

TWO DATES | TWO LOCATIONS

WINDSOR: August 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Windsor Star News Cafe.

ESSEX: August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Shaheen Community Room,
Essex Arena (Essex Centre Sports Complex).

Open Data Windsor-Essex Takes The Next Step

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Last night, Tuesday, July 29th, Open Data Windsor-Essex (ODWE) met at Hackforge with its members and interested people from the community. ODWE announced the Trillium funding received that will help community partners employ, access, and utilize open data. With the hiring of new Program Coordinator, Sarah Morris, ODWE is helping non-profits make their information available to the everyone.

ODWE plans for an exciting fall with a portal launch and hackathons in the works. For a more comprehensive breakdown, please take a look at the slides put together by ODWE Director, Mita Williams.

If you are interested in being a part of ODWE, have an interest in open data, or ideas about where it can grow in the city, please let us know by contacting info@hackf.org.

 

 

OpenDataWindsorEssex – Next Steps Meeting

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Tuesday, July 29th, Open Data Windsor Essex is meeting at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave) at 6:30PM.

We’ll be talking about some exciting projects and giving you an update on the progress from last meeting. Help us plan the next steps and determine the future of open data in our community.

This is an open meeting, so if you are interested in open data in Windsor, please join us.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mita@hackf.org.

Maptime was a good time!

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Maptime  is a collection of beginner-focused community groups for learning  geospatial technology, techniques, and concepts, particularly using open  source tools and hands-on practice and exercises. But Maptime  is also an important idea: it shouldn’t be so hard to learn, and we have  the power to make it easier – and teach ourselves in the process” : from http://lyzidiamond.com/posts/why-maptime/

We had our first Maptime WindsorEssex meetup today! It was dedicated to Open Street Map. Here’s some of the stuff we shared:
    OpenStreetMap: http://www.openstreetmap.org/
    OpenStreetMap Help: https://help.openstreetmap.org/
    OpenStreetMap Canada Mailing List: https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-ca
    Be A Mapper: http://beamapper.com/
    LearnOSM: http://learnosm.org/en/

Today’s Presentation: http://copystar.github.io/osm-101/

 To learn how to add any kind of thing to the OSM map:

 To learn what is good OSM practice:

 To learn what features are missing names in Windsor:

     register at : http://www.itoworld.com/

Thanks everyone who came out!  Sign up for the Hackforge newsletter to know when Maptime will be next!

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Maptime is fun time!

Everyone get mappy! It’s Maptime Windsor Essex!

If you are interested in learning more about making web maps, please join us at Hackforge on May 13th at 7pm for Maptime!

Maptime started in 2013 as an idea at the State of the Map conference (link: ) as a way to get folks interested in map-making together for regular meet ups. Since then, the idea has spread from San Francisco, to New York, to Toronto and now to Windsor. 

So if you are curious, please come along and join us and bring a laptop if you can. We’ll start off our first get together talking about and hopefully adding to OpenStreetMap.

ODWE celebrates Open Data Day

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Thank you everyone who came out and joined Open Data Windsor Essex celebration of International Open Data Day 2014.  The theme of our event was ‘Get Your Data on the Map.’

After I gave a brief welcome and Introduction to Open Data, Philip Aylesworth gave a great presentation on the power and potential of using Google Fusion tables to produce both maps and data cards.

Doug Sartori and Jason Pomerleau then spoke to the group about some of the challenges that they faced using Open Data in a commercial app that they are currently building.

After my Introduction to Web Mapping, Randy Topliffe gave an impromptu taster of a future Tech Talk on making Data Beautiful using ReThinkDB, Pandas, and iPython Notebook.

Thank you everyone who spent the day with us and a special thank you goes out to the City of Windsor for making their Open Data Catalogue available to everyone.

Windsor Essex Open Data :: first steps

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Hackforge, Central Branch, Windsor Public Library

 

This will be a  ‘First Steps’ meeting with two topics on our agenda. The first will be a discussion on whether we should participate in a local Open311 initiative.

The second matter will be a discussion whether we’d like to be involved in any data *collection* work, and if so, with what common theme. Possible ideas include:

  • bicycling
  • energy related
  • transit
  • your suggestions

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can let me know at mita@hackf.org

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