Today’s not-to-be missed Montreal (free) open data event

I apologize for not posting this earlier. Problems with my apartment and landlord have been taking up a lot of time (will post more about that and more about transparency and open data later).

If you care about open data and want to learn more about how to access government information using Access to Information requests, there’s a very cool free event happening this afternoon (Nov. 30). You need to at least understand French to participate. If you’re making Access to Information requests in Montreal you will probably need to file them in French, since French is the City of Montreal’s official language so it’s not a bad idea to learn how to do this in French.

As Montréal Ouvert explains on their Web site (in French):

Au Royaume-Uni, l’organisation MySociety a développé le site WhatDoTheyKnow.com, un portail de demande d’accès à l’information en ligne a fait transité plus de 150 000 demandes  depuis son ouverture en 2008 et a permis de rendre public des dizaines de milliers de documents.

S’inspirant de cette expérience, Nord Ouvert a mis en place JeVeuxSavoir, un portail web de demande d’accès à l’information. Ce projet a obtenu le support financier du Ministre responsable des institutions démoncratiques, Bernard Drainville. L’objectif de JeVeuxSavoir est de faciliter l’accès à l’information gouvernementale, d’augmenter la quantité d’information rendue publique et de documenter les réponses des organisation gouvernementales aux différentes demandes.

The JeVeuxSavoir.org Infothon includes a talk and a workshop in French with how-to tips and tricks on filing successful Access to Information requests. This is especially important for journalists, activists, open data enthusiasts and anyone who cares about ensuring public information is truly available to the public.

Register here.

When: 1-4 p.m. today (Nov.30)

Where: Station C, 5605 ave de Gaspé, suite 204 – call 514-712-0637 to get into the building.

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Today’s not-to-be missed Montreal (free) open data event

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