Open data conference sessions

1:30pm–5:00pm Tuesday, 07/17/2012
Learn how to build apps on a unified open source API combining data from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Github, Foursquare, Instagram, Tumblr, Linkedin, Fitbit, Wordpress, Runkeeper, Dropbox, and more, includes hands-on hack time to get a working dev environment up and running.
11:30am–12:10pm Thursday, 07/19/2012
The web consists of free-form links, and Google has excelled at quickly searching through this information. But, finding structured data, such as databases, spreadsheets, and tables is hard: they contain few links into and out of these documents. This talk discusses some of our efforts to find and present this data (focusing on government-generated), making it universally accessible and useful.
2:30pm–3:10pm Wednesday, 07/18/2012
Hiding data in a siilo no longer needs to be the status quo. Indeed, this presentation argues that it shouldn’t be. In this presentation, Gil Elbaz will discuss the detriments of hiding data and the relationship between data accessibility and innovation.
4:10pm–4:50pm Wednesday, 07/18/2012
Presentation: external link
Build a MongoDB geospatial datastore using Creative Commons licensed world data and an Android client to consume the service for fun and profit!
11:30am–12:10pm Wednesday, 07/18/2012
Federation lets you have your data and share it too. Learn how you can use this new wiki to provide or consume open data in an environment architected to make this safe and easy.
5:00pm–5:40pm Wednesday, 07/18/2012
If open APIs and open data are the new open source, then what makes a good API into a great API? This session is a deep-dive on helping you build better APIs. And designing an open API is a lot harder than it looks: protocols, data formats, optimizations, security, abstractions, and more. This session draws on our experience at ProgrammableWeb where we've looked at over 5,000 different open APIs.
5:00pm–5:40pm Thursday, 07/19/2012
For the first time in Wikipedia's 11 year history, it rolled out open source WebFonts in January to make open knowledge more accessible to billions of readers in 14 major Indic languages. Learn more about how open source internationalization tools such as WebFonts, Narayam and language support are helping make valuable content on the Web more accessible.


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