Contributing to Montréal’s social development
Coordinated by CIRM, the activities of the Data for Society Hub (DSH) involve setting up an infrastructure for data exchange, analysis, and consulting that will help make better use of the knowledge of Montreal’s population developed by both the academic community and partner organizations, taking into account the latter’s own mission, needs, and issues. The platform thus created will build the capacity of the organizations involved to understand the issues specific to Montréal communities, and to offer solutions and projects likely to resolve them.
Acquiring, sharing, analyzing, and publishing results through a common platform involves many challenges, technological and otherwise. Among other things, CIRM and its partners will have to develop a data governance model meeting the expectations, needs, and requirements of public and not-for-profit organizations, in addition to allowing secure data exchange.
Lead project partners
CIRM benefits from collaboration with several organizations, both in data collection and in the development and validation of the tool:
- Centraide of Greater Montréal
- Montréal’s Regional Director of Public Health
- Department of Diversity and Social Inclusion, City of Montréal
Behind the Hub’s development is a team of researchers and practitioners with a wide range of expertise.
Principal Investigator: Pascal Brissette – Associate Professor, McGill/CIRM
Coordinator: karolyne.arseneault [at] mcgill.ca (Karolyne Arsenault) – Project Manager, CIRM
- Audray Fontaine— Knowledge MobilizationCoordinator, CIRM
- Ana Brandusescu — Professor of Practice, CIRM
- Luc Véronneau — President, Véronneau Techno. Conseil Inc.
- Mohammad Moshawrab — Developer
- Ada Yetis — Developer
- Arzen Chan — Research Assistant
- Julie Levasseur — Research Assistant
- Lisa Teichmann — Research Assistant
- Julien Vallières — Research Assistant
- Alexia Wildhaber-Riley — Research Assistant
- Jean-Maxime Noiseux — Research Assistant, CIRM (spring–summer 2019)
- Julia Yingling — Research Assistant, CIRM (spring–summer 2019)
- Patrick M. Lozeau – Innovation and Strategic Content Advisor, Montreal Urban Innovation Lab (MUIL)
Seminar | De la ville intelligente à la ville intelligible (October 29, 2020)
This seminar brought together a panel of experts in urban studies, innovation, and data governance to provoke in-depth reflection on the deployment of new technologies in cities in relation to the resolution of contemporary crises, in light of the book De la ville intelligente à la ville intelligible published in 2019 by Presses de l'Université du Québec. The video recording is available here.
Lecture | Data Governance for Sharing Smart City Data: Lessons from Sidewalk Toronto (September 25, 2019)
Data governance for data sharing — particularly where some or all of the data are sourced from human activity — raises issues of ownership, privacy, ethics and even sovereignty. This presentation organized by CIRM and the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy in company of Teresa Scassa (Ottawa U.) examines these issues with a particular focus on the Urban Data Trust proposed in Sidewalk Labs’ Master Innovation Development Plan for Toronto’s Quayside Development.
Teresa Scassa, Data Governance for Sharing Smart City Data: Lessons from Sidewalk Toronto, document prepared for the September 25, 2019 conference.
“Une ville intelligente, ce n’est pas seulement de la technologie”, Les Affaires, August 7, 2020.
“CitéStudio Montréal : des solutions innovantes à des problèmes bien réels”, Le Devoir, December 8, 2019.
“La ville intelligente, levier d’une révolution sociale et écologique”, Le Devoir, October 28, 2019.
“Défi des villes intelligentes : Montréal coiffe Québec et remporte les 50 millions $”, Le Soleil, May 19, 2019.
“Deux plateformes numériques et pôles de données dans les cartons de la Ville de Montréal”, Direction informatique, May 16, 2019.
“Montréal remporte le Défi des villes intelligentes”, Salle de presse de McGill, May 15, 2019.
“Un travail de "Montréalistes"”, McGill News, January 30, 2018.
Follow the DSH blog on Medium for privileged access to the actions and reflections that support this tech initiative. New posts will be published on a regular basis to provide updates on the progress of the project as well as interviews with the stakeholders who contribute to it.