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IODC 2016

Ian Parfitt - 13/12/16 10:58 a.m.

The 4th International Open Data Conference, also known as IODC 16, was held in Madrid, Spain on the 6th and 7th of October 2016. Besides the two days of the official conference, 28 pre-events were held from the 3rd to the 5th, creating a weeklong open data celebration in Madrid. I was fortunate to be able to attend IODC 16: it turned out to be a great way to rapidly get up to speed on open data theory and practice, in particular to learn what I could about open data in a rural context. This will establish a solid foundation for our three-year SSHRC-funded “Open Data for Open Government in Rural BC” project. In this post I’ll briefly describe the events and sessions I attended and will provide you with lots of links for more information. Here are a couple of the big ideas I encountered:

Open Data for Open Government in Rural BC — In April of this year Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the results of the second competition for grants from the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF). It was a day I had long been waiting for and when I got a text message from my Dean saying that there was some good news I could feel my heartbeat accelerate. In collaboration with the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI), the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), the Open Data Society of BC, Open North, Urban Opus, University of British Columbia- Okanagan (UBC-O), McGill University and Esri Canada, I had submitted an application in November 2015 for a project called “Open Data for Open Government in Rural British Columbia.” In April we learned that this 3-year project would be funded by SSHRC!
Ian Parfitt - 30/8/16 12:29 p.m.

Drones and Kids — Students from various schools in the West Kootenays visited the Selkirk College Castlegar campus in the spring of 2016.  Selkirk hosted “Experience Selkirk Day” on May 19th which brought in around one hundred 10th graders looking into the possibility of continuing their education there after high school graduation.  Another younger group of around 50 students (grades 4-8) also toured the college for “Mini U Day” on June 15th.
Eric Hoodicoff - 22/7/16 2:49 p.m.

SGRC Drone Project Takes Off — The SGRC Drone program lifted off with its first project this week. Integrated Environmental Planning students were restoring habitat around a pond close to the Hugh Keenleyside Dam in Castlegar, BC. The plan was to use the drone to produce imagery of the site before and after restoration, and the pre restoration mission was flown last week.
Ian Dennis - 20/4/16 3:07 p.m.

Infrastructure Management for Small Communities Workshop — The SGRC is hosting an Asset and Infrastructure Managment Workshop and you're invited!
Justin Robinson - 19/4/16 11:47 a.m.

GIS Day 2015 — Join us to celebrate GIS Day, November 19th, and explore this years focus: The Rise of The Drone, Emerging Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Applications.
Justin Robinson - 18/11/15 8:42 a.m.

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