Digital Odyssey 2013
Digital Odyssey 2013: BIG DATA, Small World
Friday June 7
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street (1 street north of Bloor)
Toronto ON M4W 2G8
Non Members: $179
“Bring a Friend” deal – an OLA member can bring a nonmember friend at the member rate. – $298.
In an increasingly connected world, we are awash in a sea of data. Everything you say, do, buy, and like is being tracked somewhere and when it is pulled together, it can be used to paint a remarkably accurate — sometimes even predictive — picture of countries, cities, groups, and individuals. This data can be used to good purpose: to improve public health, to aid in democratization, and to improve service delivery. However, it can also have a downside, especially when it comes to privacy and the surveillance of individual citizens.
This conference will explore the double edged sword that is big data. We will explore the possible upsides of our society’s ability to process ever-greater amounts of data as well as the ways in which it makes our world a more dangerous place. We will also explore the role that information workers — be they librarians, journalists, or technologists — can play in promoting values of fairness and privacy.
In addition to a program of speakers designed to inspire thought and conversation around Big Data issues, DO2013 also plans to feature a full-day technical stream, which will consist of an introduction and hands-on tutorial to Hadoop, the Apache Software Foundation’s distributed computing framework. If you are interested in the technical stream, please email us at email@example.com and let us know–space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
9:00am Welcome Steve Marks
9:10am Keynote Razieh Niazi, CEO Kaypok
10:30am Session 1 (policy stream) Patrick Cain, Global News – Data Visualization
10:30am Session 1 (technology stream) Data visualization workshop: Nick Ruest, MJ Suhonos
11:15am Session 2 (policy stream) Alan Harnum, Toronto Public Library – “The changing face of TPL’s users”
12:30pm OLA AGM
1:30pm Session 2 (technology stream) Hadoop bootcamp
1:30pm Thunder Talks (policy stream) – Angela Hamilton (Analyzing twitter data for CARL libraries), William Denton (On Dentographs), MJ Suhonos (Big Data in Libraries: What it is, what it isn’t, what it can be), Katie Legere (Sonification of Data)
2:30pm Session 4 (policy stream) Tracey Lauriault, datalibre.ca – Open data in the Canadian context
3:30pm Closing Plenary Michelle Chibba, Director of Policy, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
5:00pm Final Remarks