A Cook’s Tour of Open Data from a User’s Perspective (Queen's Printers)

A Cook’s Tour of Open Data from a User’s Perspective (Queen's Printers)

Presentation to 
The Queen’s Printers Association of Canada
 at its annual conference in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on June 22, 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

June 21, 2015
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    A Cook’s Tour of Open Data from a User’s Perspective

    Presentation to 
 The Queen’s Printers Association of Canada
 Peter Rukavina, Hacker in Residence, Robertson Library, University of PEI June 22, 2015
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    64th Conference of the Queen’s Printer Association of Canada Charlottetown,

    Prince Edward Island 2015 Conference Agenda - Draft Open Government - Open Information Sunday, June 21 7 p.m. Welcome reception at The Great George Hotel Monday, June 22 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Opening of conference with Word of Welcome from Krista Grant, Assistant Deputy Minister, Communications PEI 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. A Cook’s Tour of Open Data from a User’s Perspective Peter Rukavina, Visiting Scholar, Hacker in Residence, University of Prince Edward Island 11 a.m. – 12 noon Federal/Provincial/Territorial presentations 12 noon Lunch 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Federal/Provincial/Territorial presentations 6 p.m. Lobster Dinner ~ Claddagh Oyster House Tuesday, June 23 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Continental breakfast 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Federal/Provincial/Territorial presentations 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 noon Copyright Board of Canada Decision Ivan MacArthur, Senior Policy Analyst, Communications PEI 12 noon Lunch 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tour of the University of Prince Edward Island Robertson Library Digitization Lab 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Federal/Provincial/Territorial presentations 6 p.m. Official photograph of the Queen’s Printers 6:30 p.m. Official Dinner ~ Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar Wednesday, June 24 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. QPAC Annual General Meeting 11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. QPAC 2016 presentation 11:15 a.m. – 12 noon Roundtable discussion, unfinished business
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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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    [ { "data1": 210.15, "data2": 139.22, "data3": 7.98, "data4": 82.02,

    "data5": 57.2, "updateDate": 1424875441, "error": 0 } ]
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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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    Town of Stratford Building Permit Summary 7/1/2013 to 7/31/2013 Applicant

    Estimated Development Date PermitID Applicant Name Phone # PID Lot# Address Permit Type Project Value Permit Fee JUL-15-2013 DP078-13 Robert Gaudet 902-367-6129 932111 171 6 Carrington Road Accessory Building - New $1,200.00 $30.00 JUL-25-2013 DP056-13 Stratford Quickstop 1044494 1 Jubilee Drive Accessory Building - New $11,000.00 $100.00 Sub Totals: $12,200.00 $130.00 JUL-05-2013 DP072-13 Rosemary Scott 902-569-3021 728188 135 33 Celtic Lane Accessory Structure (Pool, Deck, etc) - $800.00 $30.00 Addition JUL-16-2013 DP077-13 Kent Building Supply - 329375 154 Spinnaker Drive Accessory Structure (Pool, Deck, etc) - $5,000.00 $30.00 Andrew Sanderson Addition Sub Totals: $5,800.00 $60.00 JUL-26-2013 DP085-13 Richard E. Woodfield 902-367-3637 1010693 7 Picton Beete Cr Accessory Structure (Pool, Deck, etc) - $3,000.00 $30.00 New JUL-12-2013 DP076-13 Jamie Doiron 902-629-0224 486118 14 Towerwood Drive Accessory Structure (Pool, Deck, etc) - $3,000.00 $30.00 New JUL-03-2013 DP039-13 Chris and Jennifer 902-569-2114 471508 10 Aintree Drive Accessory Structure (Pool, Deck, etc) - $6,000.00 $30.00 Whitlock New JUL-30-2013 DP016-13 Craig and Jennifer 902-566-1801 1014638 93 Bonavista Avenue Accessory Structure (Pool, Deck, etc) - $25,000.00 $30.00 Lawlor New JUL-15-2013 DP062-13 Drew and Karen 902-894-3959 1029180 22 Saints Crescent Accessory Structure (Pool, Deck, etc) - $50,000.00 $30.00 MacIntyre New Sub Totals: $87,000.00 $150.00 JUL-31-2013 DP059-13 Craftsman 940650 11 Galway Court Single Family Dwelling - Addition $18,000.00 $56.80 Construction JUL-05-2013 DP071-13 Roger Johnson 902-569-4882 709154 73 Rankin Drive Single Family Dwelling - Addition $40,000.00 $114.40 JUL-10-2013 DP070-13 Greenleaf Construction 902-566-3358 603613 1 2 Battery Point Drive Single Family Dwelling - Addition $150,000.00 $43.68 Sub Totals: $208,000.00 $214.88 JUL-25-2013 DP081-13 D.C. McCardle 902-367-9200 398586 70 77 Southampton Drive Single Family Dwelling - New $180,000.00 $458.20 JUL-18-2013 DP079-13 D.C. McCardle Ltd 902-367-9200 398586 72 85 Southampton Dr Single Family Dwelling - New $200,000.00 $469.40 JUL-30-2013 DP084-13 Barry MacDonald 1045749 13 11 Donegal Lane Single Family Dwelling - New $300,000.00 $1,187.60 Thursday, August 01, 2013 Town of Stratford Building Permit Summary 7/1/2013 to 7/31/2013 Page 1 of 2
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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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    Open Data Principle № 5 Sometimes your users will create

    open data for you. 
 Follow their lead.
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    Please note that with respect to some cases, only the

    name of the case and a short headnote is available. These are: (1) cases in which as publication ban has been imposed under the Criminal Code or other legislation; (2) cases involving actions, applications or petitions under the Family and Child Services Act, The Family Law Act and The Divorce Act.
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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. 6. “Opening” changes the audience. 7. “Opening” allows for new connections.
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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. 6. “Opening” changes the audience. 7. “Opening” allows for new connections. Don’t try to anticipate this: be as open as possible. Use PDF as a format-of-last-resort. Design continues to be important. Participate in it. Watch for it. Use it as a guide. Be mindful of the changed audience. Think about the new connections: threats and opportunities.
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    Colophon • Headline text is Futura Demibold. • Body text

    is Futura Medium. • Presentation created with Apple Keynote v6.5.3. • It took me about 7 hours to assemble the slides. • I was fuelled by coffee from Receiver Coffee. • I had a smoked salmon bagel for lunch.
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    Slides are online at http://l.ruk.ca/queensprinter 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.