About Open Data Day 2017

Registration is now open for the Open Data Day Hackathon

Edmonton Public Library is partnering with MacEwan University and the City of Edmonton to celebrate International Open Data Day 2017. We have a number of excellent events lined up this year.

Open Data Day Hackathon

Again we’re calling all students, hackers, developers, designers, statisticians and anyone with an interest in open data to spend the day experimenting and creating with open data.

City of Edmonton staff involved in open data will be on site to answer questions, propose ideas and hear your thoughts on how open data can be mobilized to improve the lives of Edmontonians.

Saturday, March 4th, 9:30 am–6 pm (Doors at 9am)
MacEwan University - Multipurpose Room
10700 104 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton AB T5J 4S2
Registration is now open

Bring your laptops and we’ll bring lunch!

Register for Open Data Day

Click here to register for Open Data Day 2017!

Best Idea Prize

We are excited to announce that the City of Edmonton has sponsored this year's "Best Idea of the Hackathon" prize, which will be free admission to the Canadian Open Data Summit to be held in Edmonton this coming June 12th-14th!

Post Your Project

Working on an open data-related project or have an idea for one? Inspire your fellow hackers, get feedback and meet new makers by posting it in Make Something Edmonton's "Hardware and Software" project space!


Saturday, March 4th, 2016
Drop-in – Open to all
Designated Classrooms, MacEwan University
Workshops developed for beginners

Introduction to KNIME

Presented by Usman Rizwa, Data Scientist, City of Edmonton.

Review clustering algorithms and see how they can be applied to analyze intersection collision in the city.

Visualizing Open Data with Tableau Public

Presented by Manjot Gill, Business Solutions Analyst, Analytics Centre of Excellence, Open City & Innovation, City of Edmonton.

In this hands-on workshop, learn the basics of using Tableau Public to create engaging, interactive visualizations.

Visualizing Open Data with Tableau Public Presentation

Visualizing Open Data with Tableau Public Case Study Manual

Visualizing Open Data Using R & R Studio

Presented by Brian Rusk, PhD Student in Linguistics, University of Alberta and Cameron Macdonell, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, MacEwan University.

R is a widely-used, powerful, free, and open-source programming language for statistically analyzing and presenting data. R is used by thousands of researchers worldwide from all research disciplines. This workshop will present a hands-on demonstration analyzing an open data set using Rstudio, concluding with a cool visualization. Attendees should come with a laptop with R & Rstudio installed so they can leave with a working R system to continue learning with! During the morning exhibit (prior to the session), Brian and other helpers will be available to answer questions and for installation help with R & Rstudio."


We are excited to showcase open data work and research happening in Edmonton! During the Speed Data-ing session, you are welcome to browse exhibits and learn more about fellow open data enthusiasts and their projects. This year, we are happy to feature:

University of Alberta Student Project: Multitask Learning For Crime Prediction in Edmonton
Presented by Ji Yang, Kalvin Eng, Hang Zhu, Yang Zhang, Baihong Qi and co-advisors, Koosha Golmohammadi, Data Scientist, City of Edmonton and Russell Greiner, Professor, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta.

Website: http://ace.edmonton.ca/crime-analytics/

Champion for Children: Using Open Data to Understand the Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta
Presented by Fahim Hassan, Performance Measure Lead, Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Alberta

Website: https://open.alberta.ca

Using R and RStudio - Setup and Installation
Presented by Brian Rusk, PhD Student in Linguistics, University of Alberta and Cameron Macdonell, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, MacEwan University.

Website: https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/

The Edmonton Food Council: Mapping Edmonton's Food Assets
Presented by members of the Edmonton Food Council's Measurement Committee: Dustin Bajer, Sandra Ngo and Mel Priestley.

Website: https://edmontonfoodcouncil.org/

BetaCityYEG: Civic Technology Projects
Presented by David Rauch and Lydia Zvyaginsteva

Website: https://betacity.ca

Visualizations from Darkhorse Analytics
Presented by Eugene Chen, Director, Darkhorse Analytics

Website: http://www.darkhorseanalytics.com/

Make Something Edmonton: Good Ideas are Meant to be Shared
Presented by Chris Gusen,

Website: https://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/getting-started

If you are interesting in showcasing your work at an Open Data Day exhibit table, please contact us at opendata@epl.ca.


Time Multipurpose Room Classroom
9:00AM-9:30AM Hackathon sign-in
9:30AM-9:50AM Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:50AM-10:45AM Speed Data-ing Exhibits Showcase Coffee and Networking Session
10:45AM-11:15AM Project Sharing and Pitches
11:15AM-12:15PM Hackathon Introduction to KNIME
12:15PM-1:00PM Lunch
1:00PM-2:00PM Visualizing Open Data with Tableau Public
2:15PM-3:30PM Visualizing Open Data Using R & RStudio
5:30-6:00PM Project Sharing and Prizes