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Open Data Day @ UCT

Open Data Day @ UCT In-Person

Open Data Day is a global celebration of open data. For the tenth year running, groups from around the world will create local events where they will learn about and use open data in their communities. Open Data Day is an opportunity to show the many benefits of different kinds of open data and encourage the adoption of relevant policies and practices in government, business and civil society.

Friday 6th of March 2020
8:30 to 13:00
Library Learning Lounge, Snape Building
Tea and a Light Lunch will be served

At UCT, the libraries are hosting our Open Data Day event a day earlier (not on the weekend) to make sure that you can easily participate. We have lined up a variety of short (max. 10-minute) presentations, to get you inspired by your colleagues’ different open data practices. 

After a whirlwind ride of Open Data Day lightning talks, there will be an informal panel discussion about the various data journeys taking place at UCT - come and share with us how you are contributing to the open movement!

Friday 6 March 2020
8:30am - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Africa Time (change)
Library Learning Lounge
Upper Campus
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Theme & Title




08:30 - 09:00

Opening address

The importance of Open Data for equal development in South Africa

Gabriella Razzano

09:00 - 09:15


Speakers, Topics, Themes

[Open Scholarship]

Niklas Zimmer

09:20 - 09:25

Thinking about improving data accessibility holistically: examples from NIDS
[Tracking public money flows]

Kim Ingle

09:30 - 09:40

Critical reflections on some ethical considerations emerging in the climate services portals space

[Environmental data]

Christopher Jack

09:45 - 09:55 

Historical and repeat photographs as a source of qualitative and quantitative biodiversity information

[Environmental data]

Hana Petersen

10:00 - 10:10

Tea break

10:10 - 10:25

Open-data readiness for SDG reporting 

[Data for equal development] 

Lynn Woolfrey

10:30 - 10:40

Convincing the Creative Humanities:
FAIR rather than Open

[Open Scholarship]

Dr Sanjin Muftic

10:45 - 10:55

Open Science with the Galaxy Project Community

[Open Science]

Dr Christopher Barnett

11:00 - 11:10

Opening the Courtroom:
The Free Access to Law Movement 

[Data for equal development]

Inge Papp

11:15 - 11:25

Genomic Data access in the Era of Personal Privacy - challenges and opportunities


Dr Sumir Panji

11:30 - 11:40

Open Access to Spatial Heritage Data

[Open mapping]

Prof em Heinz Ruther

11:45 - 11:55

Open Geospatial Data - Compounding Interests

 [Open mapping]

Nicholas Lindenberg

Thomas Slingsby

12:00 - 12:10

The Idealist in a Non-Ideal World 

[Moving towards Openness]

Lesley Mostert

12:15 - 12:25

Mapping South Africa’s political landscape via Twitter


Kyle Findlay 

12:30 - 12:40

Open panel discussion

Speakers & audience

12:45 - 13:15

Announcements & Closing

13:15 - 13:30

Snacks, Tea & Coffee

13:30 - 14:30

Event Organizer

Profile photo of Sanjin Muftic
Sanjin Muftic