A Cook’s Tour of Open Data from a User’s Perspective (IT Shared Services)

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December 01, 2015

A Cook’s Tour of Open Data from a User’s Perspective (IT Shared Services)

Presentation to Prince Edward Island IT Shared Services staff on December 2, 2015, looking at open data not from a policy or regulatory perspective, but through the eyes of someone who has been consuming open data, and pointing to general principles that have been learned along the way.

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Peter Rukavina

December 01, 2015
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    A Cook’s Tour of Open Data from a User’s Perspective

    Presentation to 
 IT Shared Services, Government of Prince Edward Island Peter Rukavina, Hacker in Residence, Robertson Library, University of PEI December 2, 2015 http://hacker.vre.upei.ca/
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    JULY 18, 1993 CRAFTS SUPPLIES INFORMATION AVAILABLE Craftspersons looking for

    information on sources of supplies, materials, or equipment can now send electronic mail to address: info@crafts-council.pe.ca Please put "WANTED:" at the beginning of your subject line. The "PEI Crafts Information Service" is service of the non-profit PEI Crafts Council in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. We have an ever-growing database of suppliers, covering all of the various crafts media; while we are still in the midst of information gathering and data entry, there is much useful information available now and we will respond to inquires as best we can. The bulk of our suppliers-on-file are located in North America, roughly half in Canada and half in the U.S.A. We can answer questions like "give me a list of the ceramics suppliers east of the Mississippi," "where can I get a rug hooking kit," or "who sells ConeArt kilns?" We can provide address, telephone, fax, WATS number, a list of products sold and, where we have a catalogue on file, more detailed information about specific products. We also track consumer experiences with suppliers when we receive it. Actual contact with suppliers for information and ordering is left to craftspersons themselves; we'll just help find them. 1993
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    JULY 7, 1994 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PEI CRAFTS COUNCIL JOINS

    THE WORLD WIDE WEB CHARLOTTETOWN - The PEI Crafts Council today became the first organization on Prince Edward Island to join the Internet computer network's "World Wide Web." The "World Wide Web" (WWW) is an international collection of interconnected information providers founded at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Wide Web uses hypertext and multimedia techniques to make "the web" -- collections of information on computers around the world -- easy to roam through, browse, search and contribute to. The PEI Crafts Council, the Prince Edward Island organization offering services and support to crafts producers, will use its WWW server to offer information on crafts and the crafts industry to crafts producers around the world. The project will centre on information from the Council's "Crafts Information Service," a comprehensive database of sources of materials, tools, equipment and services for crafts producers. 1994
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    Year of #OpenData • ARMA PEI in February • Canadian

    Cartographic Association in May • Queen’s Printers of Canada in June • Chief Electoral Officers of Canada in July • PEI Deputy Ministers in August • Open Data Book Club in September • Policy PEI Lunch and Learn in September • Green Party Caucus in September • Workforce and Advanced Learning in October • Open Access Week at Robertson Library in October • Directors Forum in December
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    Photo of Ron Estabrooks taken at the open house to

    officially launch the Hermanville/Clearspring wind development from www.gov.pe.ca.
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    Clip of audio from CBC Spark interview with Peter Rukavina

    by Nora Young, recorded June 19, 2011.
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    155% of our electricity load from the wind 10:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m. 8 Hours with wind at more than 100% of load }
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    “I have become slightly obsessed by your energy graph and

    am very grateful that you have found a way to record the load and wind power generated in PEI. Do you by any chance have a spread sheet of these values? I am looking at using storage to balance wind fluctuations and was hoping to try and using the real load and wind data to accomplish that.”
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    Open Data Principle № 1 You have no idea (at

    all) what open data might be used for.
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    10-533 335067 402-bld-10 20-Oct-10 3-Oct-11 18-22 Water Street... 10-569 363556

    439-BLD-10 17-Nov-10 3-Oct-11 20 Lapthorne Avenue... 11-002 1018274 001-bld-11 4-Jan-11 6-Oct-11 375 Mount Edward Road... 11-136 342436 326-bld-11 26-Aug-11 3-Oct-11 134 Kent Street...
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    -63.12688,46.23066,22 WATER ST,"10-533 335067 402-bld-10… -63.12606,46.24454,20 LAPTHORN AV,"10-569 363556 439-BLD-10..

    -63.14558,46.27834,375 MOUNT EDWARD RD,"11-002 1018274 001-bod-11… -63.12808,46.23572,134 KENT ST,"11-136 342436 326-bld-11…
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    I walked thru some testing with the admin assistant in

    planning. She had some concerns with data entry -- she found it cumbersome and also identified a couple of scenarios that were not possible to enter properly, or were not represented clearly in the result.
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    scale drawings drawn to Parking Design Standards and certified (stamped)

    by a qualified engineer, architect, or public land surveyor Shall be submitted where there are ten (10) or more Parking Spaces or for less than ten (10) spaces as required by the Development Officer with the application for the Building permit showing entrances and exits to such Parking facilities, all proposed and Existing Parking Spaces, aisles, lighting, and drainage of the Lot;
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    scale drawings drawn to Parking Design Standards and certified (stamped)

    by a qualified engineer, architect, or public land surveyor Shall be submitted where there are ten (10) or more Parking Spaces or for less than ten (10) spaces as required by the Development Officer with the application for the Building permit showing entrances and exits to such Parking facilities, all proposed and Existing Parking Spaces, aisles, lighting, and drainage of the Lot; scale drawings drawn to Parking Design Standards and certified (stamped) by a qualified engineer, architect, or public land surveyor Shall be submitted where there are ten (10) or more Parking Spaces or for less than ten (10) spaces as required by the Development Officer with the application for the Building permit showing entrances and exits to such Parking facilities, all proposed and Existing Parking Spaces, aisles, lighting, and drainage of the Lot;
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    GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES ................................................ 26 4.1 ACCESSORY

    BUILDINGS 4.2 BUILDING HEIGHT 4.3 DECKS, AND OTHER PROJECTIONS INTO YARDS 4.4 EXISTING BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES 4.5 FENCES 4.6 GROUPED DWELLINGS 4.7 ONE MAIN BUILDING ON A LOT 4.8 RESTORATION TO A SAFE CONDITION 4.9 SATELLITE DISHES AND COMMUNICATION TOWERS 4.10 WINDMILL TOWERS 4.11 SUBDIVIDING OF ATTACHED DWELLINGS 4.12 SWIMMING POOLS 4.13 VEHICLE BODIES
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    GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES ................................................ 26 4.1 ACCESSORY

    BUILDINGS 4.2 BUILDING HEIGHT 4.3 DECKS, AND OTHER PROJECTIONS INTO YARDS 4.4 EXISTING BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES 4.5 FENCES 4.6 GROUPED DWELLINGS 4.7 ONE MAIN BUILDING ON A LOT 4.8 RESTORATION TO A SAFE CONDITION 4.9 SATELLITE DISHES AND COMMUNICATION TOWERS 4.10 WINDMILL TOWERS 4.11 SUBDIVIDING OF ATTACHED DWELLINGS 4.12 SWIMMING POOLS 4.13 VEHICLE BODIES General Provision for Buildings and Structures ................................................................................. 26 4.1 Accessory Buildings 4.2 Building Height 4.3 Decks, and Other Projections into Yards 4.4 Existing Buildings or Structures 4.5 Fences 4.6 Groups Dwellings 4.7 One Main Building on a Lot 4.8 Restoration to a Safe Condition 4.9 Satellite Dishes and Communication Towers 4.10 Windmill Towers 4.11 Subdividing of Attached Dwellings 4.12 Swimming Pools 4.13 Vehicle Bodies
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    Metadata Issues • Lot 50 was mislabelled as Lot 66.

    • Lot 66 was unlabelled. • Georgetown Royalty was mislabelled as Lot 73 • Princetown Royalty was missing.
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    I'm writing to report what I believe to be incorrect

    metadata for one of the GIS Catalog items that you are listed as contact for, the "Lot / Townships" layer: http://www.gov.pe.ca/gis/index.php3?number=1011342&lang=E There are two polygons that appear to have incorrect metadata; I have attached a screen shot labelling these, which are in eastern PEI in the Orwell Point area. One polygon currently has a LOT value of NULL, and I believe it should, instead, have a value of 66. The other polygon, currently labelled 66, should, I believe, be labelled 50. As a reference, I am using the Samuel Holland map, a version of which has been digitized at: http://www.islandimagined.ca/fedora/repository/imagined:209165 I am attaching a screen shot of that map showing the lot labels. As next year is the 250th anniversary of the Samuel Holland Map, I would expect this layer to attract more attention than it otherwise would, so it would be nice to have the issue rectified.
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    Correcting the Metadata • Relabelled Lot 50. • Added a

    label to Lot 66. • Changed Lot 73 to Georgetown Royalty. • Princetown Royalty was missing.
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    Open Data Principle № 5 Sometimes your users will create

    open data for you. 
 Follow their lead.
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    Open Data Principles 1. You have no idea (at all)

    what open data might be used for. 2. PDFs are where data goes to die. 3. Sometimes “open” can simply mean following rules of design. 4. Open data is a conversation. 5. Sometimes your users will create open data for you.
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    Open Data Principles 1. You have no idea (at all)

    what open data might be used for. 2. PDFs are where data goes to die. 3. Sometimes “open” can simply mean following rules of design. 4. Open data is a conversation. 5. Sometimes your users will create open data for you.
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    Slides are online at http://l.ruk.ca/itss-slides These slides are released under

    a Creative Commons license. You are encouraged to distribute them as far and as 
 wide as possible under the terms of the license.