The International Open Data Conference (IODC), held on May 28-29, 2015 in Ottawa, brought open data experts from six continents before a capacity crowd under the theme “Enabling the Data Revolution.” Treasury Board President Tony Clement spoke about the future of open data, highlighting its value as a largely untapped, yet priceless commodity that can lead to increased innovation, job creation and economic expansion. A representative of the Metamorphosis Foundation attended the International Open Data Conference.

Ottawa_2Ottawa_1The conference featured more than 50 presentations, including a first-ever Indigenous Data and Open Governance workshop, offering a place where aboriginal data leaders can meet in person and network with other global experts. Another session, La francophonie: the New Frontier of Open Data, brings together country representatives, governments, civil society, innovators, and startups from the French-speaking global community to share experiences and best practices in open data, identifying potential areas of collaboration.

This is the third IODC, with Canada welcoming over 1,100 attendees, including senior government officials, policy makers, and open data advocates. Information sharing through world forums like the IODC helps to chart open data’s future and, in turn, strengthens democracy, generates jobs, and builds prosperity globally and in Canada.