The Best of 2016 Data News

The past 12 months have been… interesting, to say the least. Geopolitical turmoil has dominated the news cycle, and some truly unpleasant things have been said and printed. Niceness took a backseat in 2016, it seems. Although the open data-sphere certainly wasn’t immune to this barrage of negativity, there were some bright spots throughout the […]

Opening agriculture data for innovation: stories from local to global

When data related to agriculture and food is made open or shared more easily, more can be done by scientists, governments, NGOs and farmers to improve agriculture outcomes, say Bianca Wylie, Nikos Manouselis and Ashleigh Weeden. Cross-posted from theodi.org. With global hunger, food security and food safety so vital to human health, productivity and wellbeing, […]

Forging stronger data infrastructure in Canada

Photo credit: fontplaydotcom via VisualHunt / CC BY 2.0 “This article is in a way a call to study boring things. Many aspects of infrastructure are singularly unexciting… It takes some digging to unearth the dramas inherent in system design creating, to restore narrative to what appears to be dead lists.” – Susan Leigh Star, […]

Spring Project Updates

It’s been a busy spring at ODI Toronto! As we head into what will surely be a glorious summer, here are a few updates on our activities. Firstly, Bianca has been writing up a storm about open data and civic tech… for the Torontoist’s new Civic Tech column. Her first post was about mapping and […]