Celebrate Open Data Day 2021 with UCT Libraries

25 Feb 2021
Open Data Day Poster
25 Feb 2021

We are hosting our Open Data Day event a day earlier (not on the weekend) to make sure you can participate. We are planning a variety of short (max. 10-minute) lightning talks, to get you inspired by your colleagues’ different open data practices.

There will be three rounds of lightning talks, from within and outside UCT. After each round there will be a Q&A session. 

Here is a link to the conference proceedings on ZivaHub: https://zivahub.uct.ac.za/UCT_Open_Data_Day_2021

UCT Open Data Day 2021
Event Schedule

TIME: Friday, 5th March 2021, 08:30 - 13:30
(internationally, Open Data Day is celebrated on Sat, 6th March)


Theme & Title



Organising team log-in

08:30 - 09:00



Niklas Zimmer

09:00 - 09:05

Opening address:
Sharing data in a pandemic

Prof Barry Dwolatzky

09:10 - 09:25

Limits of Openness? Financial Sanctions and Access to Open Resources

Louise Bezuidenhout

09:30 - 09:40

Open Data as a tool to ignite smart citizenship and open innovation

Tiyani Nghonyama

09:45 - 09:55 

2020 in Review: The Year Crude Populism and Polarisation Took Hold (As Seen Through Twitter)

Kyle Findlay 

10:00 - 10:10

Q&A with the speakers (1)

10:10 - 10:25

The Africa Geoportal – Geospatial content and tools for Africa

Stuart Martin

10:25 - 10:35

Getting more from government (meta) data

Paul Plantinga

10:40 - 10:50

Open Data for Inclusive Cities

Richard Gevers

10:55 - 11:05

The City of Cape Town Open Data Portal Project

Niel Hoorn

11:10 - 11:20

Q&A with the speakers (2)

11:20 - 11:35

Two years into the UCT Data Stewards community of practise with DLS

Thandokazi Maceba

11:35 - 11:45

Developing non-text-based Living Archives

Jayne Batzofin

11:50 - 12:00

Ibali: UCT Libraries Digital Collections and some Developing Showcases

Dr Sanjin Muftic

12:05 - 12:30

Q&A with the speakers (3)

12:30 - 12:45


The eleventh Open Data Day is the annual global celebration of open data, where we gather to reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. The suggested themes are: (1) Environmental data, (2) Tracking public money flows, (3) Open mapping, and (4) Data for equal development. The event as organised at UCT will take place one day early, on Friday 5th March 2021. You can find the event details on the global map on the Open Data Day website.


Please connect with others and spread the word about Open Data Day using the #OpenDataDay and/or #ODD2021 hashtags.

Open Data Day team: opendataday@okfn.org