Open Data Cafe @Mito #09

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 13:00 - 16:30 JST

Saza coffee Ibaraki University library cafe

Bunkyo 2-1-1, Ibaraki University library cafe 1st floor Saza coffee, Mito-shi, Ibaraki-ken, Japan


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Let's talk about Open data in a casual style at the library cafe of Ibaraki University.

Open data -- The idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. Especially in government-owned data, the rationale behind open government data can be considered as twofold. First, advocates contend that making government data available to the public in open formats increases government transparency and accountability. Second, open data should enable third parties to leverage the potential of government data through the development of applications and services that address public and private demands.

We plan to hold open data cafe monthly basis. The cafe is located on the 1st floor of the main library for University Ibaraki. On the evening of the 1st Saturday, why don't you talk over open data in a casual mood?


Anything related to the open data.
We will provide you about the handy tools and latest news for open data.
Of course, we are happy to hear your stories or questions.

You can check the atmosphere from this blog (Sorry in Japanese)

The previous event's themes
1. Pentaho -- ETL, data Extract, Transform, Loading tool
2. iPython notebook -- Data analysis tool
3. PStay -- Traffic investigation tool
4. OpenRefine -- Data cleansing tool
5. DKAN -- Data store portal
6. RESAS -- Regional Economy and Society Analyzing System
7. Machine Learning
8. Citygram -- Communication platform for local government

This month

We want to discuss the one more project related to Code for America named Simplicity.
SimpliCity makes city data easy to find. SimpliCity’s tagline is “city data simplified” and provides easy access to city data through a single search bar. In the past, cities provided an overwhelming amount of information through dense and frustrating portals and PDFs. Powered by open data and developed with Lean Startup and usability principles, the focus of SimpliCity is to answer questions of interest in the simplest manner possible. Citizens can track crime and development near their home, and get answers to simple questions like “when is my recycling day?" City employees can quickly determine if an address falls within city limits before issuing a permit. Both the citizen and employee experience is designed to be quick, simple, self-service, and easy.

We will also talk about the news related to open data happened in last November and December.


None, anyone who is interested in the open data can attend.
Nothing you need to bring

Access to venue

25-minute bus ride from Mito Station. North exit of the Mito station, you can ride the bus for Ibaraki University at the bus terminal no.7. The head sign 「茨大行 (栄町経由) 」 or 「茨大前」 will bring you to the venue. 330 JP Yen for fare.


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