General Meetings
Presentations are given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the general meetings and meet our members.

Meeting Location
Meetings of the OPCUG are at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), 11 Aviation Parkway, in the Bush Theatre [Museum floor plan (PDF)].

PARKING: Paid parking is available for flat fee of $3.00 after 5pm, paid in advance. Park in the
main lot and enter through the front entrance of the museum.
Payment methods include coins, VISA, and MasterCard, and the proof of payment must be left in the car and be visible in the front windshield.

There is no OC Transpo bus service to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in the evening.

Our thanks go out to the staff at both the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for their assistance in finding us this location for our meetings.

Meeting Schedule
General meetings are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (no meetings in July and August).
Auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

If you would like to make a presentation, please see the speakers' information page.

PARKING: Paid parking is available in the main lot for a flat fee of $3 after 5pm, paid in advance.
Payment methods include coins, VISA, and MasterCard, and the proof of payment must be left in the car and be visible in the front windshield.

2017 EVENT / TOPIC (Past Presentations) SPEAKER (Past Speakers) RAFFLE PRIZE
May 10 Privacy in a Digital World Malcolm Townsend, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Xtreme Red Mini Bluetooth Speaker
June 14 5:30 - 7pm: eWaste event
6 - 7:30pm: Annual Pizza Night
followed by a presentation at 7:30pm:
Omeka: An Open-source web publishing platform
Dr. Beth Robertson, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University TBA

Call for Presentations

The OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if you know someone who is, please contact our . The OPCUG has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 35 years! Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional information about our venue.

Nick Patterson / Jeff Dubois

Check out our list of past speakers with links to their websites.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS (details if available)

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Speaker: Malcolm Townsend, Information Technology Research Analyst, Technology Analysis Branch, Office of the Privacy Commissioner
Topic: Privacy in a Digital World, in a world of big data, meta-data and social media

With the advent of IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data, more and more personal information is being collected and shared online. But how can we be sure our personal information is kept safe? In this presentation, Malcolm will discuss the current digital landscape and provide tips and advice on ways to better protect personal information.

May Raffle

The May Raffle prize is an Xtreme Red Mini Bluetooth Speaker.

For smartphones, tablets, PCs, MP3 players or any Bluetooth equipped device. Use as an external speaker or to answer calls. Built-in mic, includes an auxiliary input, mini USB cable, and an SD Card port.

Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

5:30 - 7 pm:
eWaste Event
Once again, the OPCUG will have its annual eWaste collection on June 14th. If you have electronic items that you no longer need, please bring them to the tent in front of the museum; they will be taken to a processing plant and properly disposed of safely and responsibly with respect to OES guidelines. The eWaste event will be from 5:30pm to 7pm near the tent beside the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway.

6 - 7:30 pm: Annual Pizza Night (free for members and their guest(s)

7:30 pm: Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Beth Robertson, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University
Topic:
Omeka: An Open-source web publishing platform

Created by Carleton University’s Disability Research Group, “EnvisioningTechnologies: Historical Insights into Educational Technologies for People who are Blind or Partially Sighted in Canada, 1820 – Present, is a virtual exhibit which endeavours to tell the stories of the people and technologies that have shaped, and been shaped by, social, cultural and historical understandings of disability, blindness and vision loss in Canada from the nineteenth century to the present.

Omeka is a free, flexible and open-source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibit as easy as launching a blog. Aptly named, Omeka is a Swahili word meaning “to display or lay out wares; to speak out; to spread out or to unpack”. Designed with non-IT specialist in mind, Omeka allows users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability.

Dr. Beth Robertson will discuss the Envisioning Technologies project and the use of Omeka to facilitate the project’s objectives.


Questions and Answers (Q&A)

There is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A section on our website.


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