Celebrating Assistive Technology

June 21, 2021 | Denise

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For people with disabilities, assistive technology and devices are both ordinary and life-changing. The World Health Organization defines assistive technology and devices (AT) as "those whose primary purpose is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence to facilitate participation and to enhance overall well-being." This can include wheelchairs,...

The Need for Data Literacy Information

June 18, 2021 | Fiona

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Digital literacy is a lifelong learning skill. It is important to know where you can get trusted information and how to protect your privacy. Building digital literacy skills creates a stronger community. Atelier-data-privacy by Djrandyw.com is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Toronto Public Library understands the importance of building digital...

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: May 20, 2021

May 14, 2021 | Melanie L.

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May 20, 2021 is the tenth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This is a great day to think about digital inclusion. Approximately 1 billion people worldwide have disabilities. Despite the numbers, web designers don't always consider their needs. Removing barriers to technology enables people. As Apple CEO Tim Cook...

Crisis and Opportunity: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Labour Market and Skills Demand

May 6, 2021 | Carrie

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on Canadian society. How will it affect the labour market and what does it mean for future skills demand? "LightScale II / Uwe Rieger (DE)" by Ars Electronica is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Recently, The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E)...

A Guide to Open Data

April 6, 2021 | Angjelin

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Open data has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. In fact, you may have come across other terms with the prefix open, such as open source, open access, open knowledge, open education, and open science, to name a few. Are they all connected? A representation of linked data...

Get Creative to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

March 12, 2021 | Carrie

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Creative expression is what connects the heart to the body. Several studies have shown that embracing your creativity – through visual arts, music, writing, designing, or another way – can help relax the body and release dopamine. Dopamine is a natural anti-depressant. "Girl Using Laptop in park" by CollegeDegrees360. Used...

Introducing the Internet of Things Part III: The Social Lens

March 3, 2021 | Angjelin

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This is the third part of a three-part blog on the Internet of Things (IoT). In the first post, I introduced the Internet of things (IoT) as the expansion of digital devices communicating with each other and discussed the first main factor enabling this: the improvement of standards and protocols...

Technology is Making our Fashion Dreams and Imagination Come to Life

February 24, 2021 | Carrie

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Fashion is a form of art that can express one’s emotions, culture and history. Making clothes incorporates aspects of creativity and attention to detail. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are being used to augment the creativity of artists and designers within the fashion industry. From generating outfits, to...

An Introduction to the Internet of Things: Part II

February 10, 2021 | Angjelin

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Image by imgix from unsplash.com. This is the second part of a three-part blog on the Internet of Things (IoT). In the last post, I introduced the Internet of things (IoT) as the expansion of digital devices communicating with each other. I discussed the first main factor enabling this: the...

What is the Internet of Things?

January 22, 2021 | Angjelin

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Only a decade ago, the number of devices connected to the internet was less than 1/7th of the world's total population. Today, there are three times that many devices connected to the internet or to each other. By and large, the now commonplace buzzphrase "the Internet of Things", IoT for...