Data Literacy projects in Canada: Field notes from the Open Data Institute, Toronto node

  • Andi Argast
  • Lydia Zvyagintseva University of Toronto Scarborough
Keywords: open data, civic technology, community engagement,


Open data is flourishing in Canada, but there are few formalized data literacy initiatives. Civic technology organizations such as the Toronto Node of the Open Data Institute (ODI Toronto), in partnership with public institutions and advocacy groups, are helping to fill the gap in data literacy through workshops and accessible hackathons. These organizations are collaboratively pursuing the goal of ensuring that open data benefits more than just a minority of technologically privileged Canadians.

Author Biographies

Andi Argast

Andi Argast is a Project Manager at the Open Data Institute, Toronto; and a National Program Manager and Digital Strategist at Framework Foundation, Toronto. She holds a Master of Information degree from the University of Toronto.

Lydia Zvyagintseva, University of Toronto Scarborough
Lydia Zvyagintseva is a Project Manager at the Open Data Institute, Toronto, and a Digital Scholarship Librarian in the Humanities at the University of Toronto Scarborough
Notes from the field