Dr Tracey P. Lauriault, is assistant professor of Critical Media and Big Data, Communication and Media Studies, in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Her areas of expertise are, critical data studies; small, big and spatial data policy; spatial media; data infrastructures; and open data, open government, open smart cities, and the preservation and archiving of data. Current research activities include Open Smart Cities, Precision Agriculture, The making of Homelessness and data & socio-technological transformations at Ordnance Survey Ireland. She is a board member of the Institute for Data Science at Carleton University, Steering Committee member of Research Data Canada; on the board of Open North, and is winner of the 2016 Inaugural Open Data Leadership award for Canada. She is a research associate with the European Research Council funded Programmable City Project led by Rob Kitchin at Maynooth University in Ireland and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University in Canada. She also just hosted the Data Power 2017 Conference in Ottawa.