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Open Data Day 2021 @ UCT

Open Data Day 2021 @ UCT Online


Digital Library Services will be hosting a virtual Open Data Day event on Friday, the 5th of March. 

It will be a smorgasbord of lightning talks covering a wide range of topics relating to the benefits and advantages of Open Data usage, practice and publication. Our opening speaker this year will be Prof Barry Dwolatzky (see: A Software Engineer in Africa). Other invited speakers include Neil Horn (City of Cape Town), Paul Plantinga (HSRC), Tiyani Nghonyama (Geek Kulcha), Stuart Martin (ESRI South Africa), Dr Louise Bezuidenhout (Dept. of Information Systems, UCT), Richard Gevers (Open Cities Lab), Jayne Batzofin (Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance studies, UCT), Kyle Findlay (Superlinear)Dr Sanjin Muftic (Digital Scholarship at DLS) and Thandokazi Maceba (Data Curation at DLS). 

To get a feeling for how varied and exciting the programmes have been so far, you can openly access the presentations and programmes of the previous Open Data Days hosted by DLS here: 

This years’ event will take place a day early in order to integrate it with the monthly week-day meeting of the UCT Data Stewards and Champions.

Friday 5 March 2021
8:30am - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Africa Time (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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UCT Open Data Day 2021
Event Schedule

TIME: Friday, 5th March 2021, 08:30 - 13:30
(internationally, Open Data Day is celebrated on Sat, 6th March)


Theme & Title



Organising team log-in

08:30 - 09:00



Niklas Zimmer

09:00 - 09:05

Opening address:
Sharing data in a pandemic

Prof Barry Dwolatzky

09:10 - 09:25

Limits of Openness? Financial Sanctions and Access to Open Resources

Louise Bezuidenhout

09:30 - 09:40

Open Data as a tool to ignite smart citizenship and open innovation

Tiyani Nghonyama

09:45 - 09:55 

2020 in Review: The Year Crude Populism and Polarisation Took Hold (As Seen Through Twitter)

Kyle Findlay 

10:00 - 10:10

Q&A with the speakers (1)

10:10 - 10:25

The Africa Geoportal – Geospatial content and tools for Africa

Stuart Martin

10:25 - 10:35

Getting more from government (meta) data

Paul Plantinga

10:40 - 10:50

Open Data for Inclusive Cities

Richard Gevers

10:55 - 11:05

The City of Cape Town Open Data Portal Project

Niel Hoorn

11:10 - 11:20

Q&A with the speakers (2)

11:20 - 11:35

Two years into the UCT Data Stewards community of practise with DLS

Thandokazi Maceba

11:35 - 11:45

Developing non-text-based Living Archives

Jayne Batzofin

11:50 - 12:00

Ibali: UCT Libraries Digital Collections and some Developing Showcases

Dr Sanjin Muftic

12:05 - 12:30

Q&A with the speakers (3)

12:30 - 12:45

Event Organizer

Ya'qub Ebrahim