When: Wednesday, Jan 30 | 11:20 am - 12:00 pm

Location: TBD

Days: Wednesday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Technology,. Subjects: Open Data and Public Service.


Description:

The Open Data movement is a global trend that enables communities to dialogue with their government by accessing machine-readable data sets. With such openness, there are however concerns around the protection of privacy – particularly as it relates to individuals. Librarians offer an accessible platform for patron engagement when they make library data free and accessible to the public. This session informs library professionals of the opportunities created by making data sets accessible to anyone. Open Data is meant to empower individuals as they strive to understand the new and interesting ways in which libraries serve their communities. This session also highlights effective privacy safeguards needed to maintain the integrity of personal data that is shared with libraries. Session attendees will develop a better understanding of what information Open Data makes available to community members as well as the latest trends in privacy protection for libraries.