Open Data in Context: Balancing the Benefits of Openness

November 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
140 McLaughlin College, Senior Common Room
77 McLaughlin Rd
North York, ON M3J
Vicky Carnevale
416 736-2100 ext. 33824


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.

Speakers: Joy Kirchner and Andrea Kosavic

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JOY KIRCHNER is the Dean of Libraries at York University. A new Libraries strategic plan and an organizational restructuring plan has been launched to reinforce the Libraries’ expertise in digital scholarship, data and repository infrastructure, scholarly communications and research in alignment with the University’s academic plan and its research intensification priority. Joy is the chair of the campus-wide Steering Committee on Open Access and Open Data; she is the chair of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Advancing Research Committee, and she has a long history of providing consultation to other North American institutions on advancing open access policies and programs. Prior to this position Joy was the Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections at the University of Minnesota and she was the head of UBC’s Scholarly Communication & Copyright office. Her current research and scholarship is focused on building collaborative networks to advance, resource and provision emergent areas in digital scholarship.

ANDREA KOSAVIC is Interim Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Engagement and Strategy. Andrea’s work at York University is focused on the furthering of digital scholarship initiatives, including the establishment of the upcoming Digital Scholarship Centre, the York Digital Journals publishing program and the YorkSpace institutional repository. Her research interests and publications span the areas of scholarly communication, open publishing, copyright, gift economies, social capital, and interoperability. Andrea currently serves on a number of national and regional committees including the Public Knowledge Project Members Committee and the Ontario Library Research Cloud Committee.

Poster: Joy Kirchner, Andrea Kosavic poster 22 Nov. 2017
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College

For further information, please contact Vicky Carnevale at: x: 33824 or

Hosted by the Office of the Master, McLaughlin College and Co-Sponsored by the York Collegium for Practical Ethics.