The Power of Mapping: Getting, Using and Sharing City Data

  • Keith McDonald, Supervisor, Information Management Training, Open Toronto
  • Scott Webb, Senior Spatial Specialist, Geospatial Competency Centre
  • Gina Porcarelli, Spatial Products Analyst, Geospatial Competency Centre
  • Mark Kuznicki, Director, Remarkk
  • Marcel Fortin, Map & Data Librarian, University of Toronto
When: June 15, 2011 – 6–8 pm
Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maps are only as good as the data that feeds them. Across North America, civil society groups are advocating that governments and their agencies make their data open to the public. Increasingly cities are adopting an ‘open data’ policy so City residents can engage directly in solution-making, using data to come up with new tools and approaches to city building.

The City of Toronto’s open data portal has been running since November 2009. We’ll discuss what’s currently available, how the data can be used, and what the future has in store.

  • Keith McDonald (Supervisor, Information Management Training), Scott Webb (Senior Spatial Specialist, Geospatial Competency Centre), and Gina Porcarelli (Spatial Products Analyst, Geospatial Competency Centre) will describe the map data that is currently available through Open Toronto and what’s coming soon.
  • Mark Kuznicki will introduce us DataTO, an online community-led initiative that allows people to request data and give feedback on the data that has been made available.
  • Marcel Fortin (Map and Data Librarian, University of Toronto) will show us what map data looks like and how the University of Toronto and other institutions use this it. He will also show us examples of how you can use this data in your own work.

About ‘The Power of Mapping’

This event is part of CCE’s series of events on the potential of mapping to strengthen communities’ ability to know their neighbourhood and plan for its future. Why mapping? In cities around the world, community and neighborhood organizations are using mapping tools to assist them in visioning, planning and advocating for their needs. It’s a useful tool for people to understand their communities, represent themselves and their perspectives, and plan for their futures.

Read the event recap here.