Mayor Tory announces OCAD U partnership on open data

 

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 4:00am

 

On September 8, Mayor John Tory announced a partnership with OCAD University’s Visual Analytics Lab and an ambitious open data plan as part of the City’s ongoing improvements to the recreation registration process.

Fall registration opens on September 10 and is the busiest sign-up period of the year. More than 102,000 families and 16,000 individuals registered over the four days of fall registration in 2015.

To improve the experience this year, server capacity has been increased by 25 per cent, the website has clearer navigation and planning tools, additional customer service hours were added.

"City staff work hard to accommodate the huge demand for our city’s popular recreation programs," said Mayor Tory. "But our system needs to improve and I want the smart and creative people of Toronto to help us find solutions. These open data initiatives are part of our commitment to think differently about how to make registration and recreation program planning better."

Mayor Tory was joined at the announcement in the Visual Analytics Lab at OCAD University by Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre) Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD U; Janie Romoff, General Manager of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

“Our faculty and students were excited to participate in a project that will improve residents’ experience of the city’s tremendous recreation programs,” said Dr. Diamond. “This is a great demonstration of how design helps us understand and make use of data, to improve social engagement in our community.”

Under the leadership of faculty members Dr. Patricio Davila and Isabel Meirelles, a group of OCAD U students has analyzed historic recreation data to help understand the demands on the system. The data set has also been released publicly, along with current program registration data that will be updated daily. This will allow third-party developers to create new tools to help residents with recreation registration planning prior to the registration process.

The City is in the process of replacing its current registration system, which is at the end of its life and is not meeting the needs of Toronto’s nearly 200,000 registered program users or City staff. While the system is not expected to be replaced until the end of 2017, the City has committed to ongoing improvements to the current process with more underway for December registration.

Glenn McArthur, assistant professor, OCAD University, has been awarded first place in the poster competition at The International Colour Association (AIC) conference held in Buenos Aires in October. The poster highlighted the work of OCAD U first-year Colour and Two-Dimensional design students Alacia Karishma Jiwanand (Lisa), Brendan Callan and Carrie Ma.
OCAD U Instructor Anson Liaw's two illustrations have been selected to be a part of this year's OCAD University “ArtWorks 2019” art exhibition. The two illustrations selected for exhibition are: 1) Title: "Solidarity for New Zealand" .  The first submitted illustration entry is a personal non-commissioned illustration created in response to the two consecutive Christchurch mosque terrorist shooting attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019. 2) Title: "Pray for Amazonia" .     
The Canada School of Public Service has announced its new Digital Fellows -- among them, Dr. Jutta Treviranus, Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University and Director and Founder of the Inclusive Design Research Centre.
Important news updates from the Research Ethics Board
Professor Saskia van Kampen (San Francisco State U) and Associate Professor Cheryl Giraudy (OCAD U) have received almost $25,000 under the Canada SSHRC Partner Engage Grant (PEG) for their Toronto-based research project Design Wo/ManifesT.O. 2020.
Saturday Nov 9 2019 - 5:30pm to Saturday Nov 16 2019 - 5:00pm
City MOGULS is a unique event that celebrates Toronto's entrepreneurs in an unforgettable fashion show to raise money for Canadian charities. This year we are proud to be supporting Covenant House Toronto.  The event is Thursday, November 7th at The Toronto Event Centre and we are looking for volunteers! This will be an amazing opportunity to meet people from all different industries in Toronto, as well as be a part of an amazing charity event. If any students are interested in this opportunity, please fill out THIS google form no later than Monday October 21st. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Victoria Marshman at victoria@citymoguls.com or visit www.citymoguls.com for more information.   
Partial Gallery x OCAD U Artist Showcase banner made of logos
Check out the OCAD U Artist Showcase, where you can discover works available for rent or sale by current OCAD U students and recent graduates 
Mayor John Tory with Sara Diamond, Isabel Meirelles and Patricio Davila
The Visual Analytics Team
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 4:00am

 

On September 8, Mayor John Tory announced a partnership with OCAD University’s Visual Analytics Lab and an ambitious open data plan as part of the City’s ongoing improvements to the recreation registration process.

Fall registration opens on September 10 and is the busiest sign-up period of the year. More than 102,000 families and 16,000 individuals registered over the four days of fall registration in 2015.

To improve the experience this year, server capacity has been increased by 25 per cent, the website has clearer navigation and planning tools, additional customer service hours were added.

"City staff work hard to accommodate the huge demand for our city’s popular recreation programs," said Mayor Tory. "But our system needs to improve and I want the smart and creative people of Toronto to help us find solutions. These open data initiatives are part of our commitment to think differently about how to make registration and recreation program planning better."

Mayor Tory was joined at the announcement in the Visual Analytics Lab at OCAD University by Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre) Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD U; Janie Romoff, General Manager of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

“Our faculty and students were excited to participate in a project that will improve residents’ experience of the city’s tremendous recreation programs,” said Dr. Diamond. “This is a great demonstration of how design helps us understand and make use of data, to improve social engagement in our community.”

Under the leadership of faculty members Dr. Patricio Davila and Isabel Meirelles, a group of OCAD U students has analyzed historic recreation data to help understand the demands on the system. The data set has also been released publicly, along with current program registration data that will be updated daily. This will allow third-party developers to create new tools to help residents with recreation registration planning prior to the registration process.

The City is in the process of replacing its current registration system, which is at the end of its life and is not meeting the needs of Toronto’s nearly 200,000 registered program users or City staff. While the system is not expected to be replaced until the end of 2017, the City has committed to ongoing improvements to the current process with more underway for December registration.