the Office of the Master, McLaughlin College & York Collegium for Practical Ethics
are hosting a lunchtime talk by
Joy Kirchner, Dean of Libraries, and Andrea Kosavic, Acting Associate Dean, Digital Engagement and Strategy
Open Data in Context: Balancing the Benefits of Openness
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
140 Mclaughlin College
Abstract: The growing interest in open data is borne of its perceived capacity to enhance transparency, accountability, and to strengthen democracy. Arriving on the heels of the open access movement and the creative commons licensing revolution, the open data movement, spearheaded by strong initiatives such as Open Science, serves as a marker for communicating a broader responsibility to the global public good.
In the library sphere, data is seen as the collection of the future. While the Library of Congress has made a remarkable contribution through the archiving of tweets, academic libraries across the world are engaging with web archiving as a means of building their collections. This talk will explore open data from a variety of viewpoints, touching on its affordances but also addressing issues of authorship, privacy, ethics, consent and information justice.