‘So What is Open Government                   Anyway?’               City of Toronto:      Practicing the philosophy      ...
Agenda – City of Toronto•   Local Government, Open Government•   Information Management Framework•   Practicing the Philos...
Local Government• Most transparent level of government in Canada• No cabinet secrecy• Council votes in public• All meeting...
Open Government  A city in which all are fully engaged in an  open & accessible local government
Open Government – AlignmentInternational           Council direction        City program areasrecognition                 ...
City of Toronto Governance Open Government Committee         Collaboratio         n
Information ManagementInformation Management underpins Open Government  Responsibly managed  information promotes  greater...
Themes        Information Management Framework              Accountable                   Accessible                      ...
Open Government PrinciplesAccountable       AccessibleTransparent         Participatory
High ethical standards, codes of    Accountable       conduct & a commitment to proactive                      disclosure ...
Make information available to its       Accessible           citizens & enhance citizen inclusion in                      ...
Making government information     Transparent        available to the public is a requirement                        for a...
Transparent and Accessible     Toronto Meeting Management SystemNovember 27, 2012    13 ARMA, NCR
Democracy requires opportunities forParticipatory   participation & collaborative problem                solving whenever ...
Open Government by Design          Practicing the PhilosophyMaturity Model: emerge, establish, embed …       ‘just a way o...
Open Government by Design    Practicing the Philosophy
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So What is Open Government Anyway? City of Toronto: Practicing the philosophy: Part 1

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Province of Ontario Access and Privacy Day Session
April 15, 2013
The City of Toronto outlines some of its initiatives to be more open and transparent, including the use of open data.

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So What is Open Government Anyway? City of Toronto: Practicing the philosophy: Part 1

  1. 1. ‘So What is Open Government Anyway?’ City of Toronto: Practicing the philosophy Access and Privacy Day Province of Ontario April 15, 2013 Nancy Isozaki and Trish Garner
  2. 2. Agenda – City of Toronto• Local Government, Open Government• Information Management Framework• Practicing the Philosophy• Open Data
  3. 3. Local Government• Most transparent level of government in Canada• No cabinet secrecy• Council votes in public• All meetings, documents are public (few statutory exemptions) Open is the default setting (while safeguarding privacy)
  4. 4. Open Government A city in which all are fully engaged in an open & accessible local government
  5. 5. Open Government – AlignmentInternational Council direction City program areasrecognition needCivic Participation & Greater Transparency & Access to Information &Accountability Customer Service TechnologyEthical government Council priorities Business drivers
  6. 6. City of Toronto Governance Open Government Committee Collaboratio n
  7. 7. Information ManagementInformation Management underpins Open Government Responsibly managed information promotes greater public trust and confidence in government services
  8. 8. Themes Information Management Framework Accountable Accessible Accessible Responsible Trustworthy Government Government Government Government Government ACCOUNTABILITY OPENNESS LIFECYCLE TRUST & RELIABILITYPrinciples OPENNESS All employees are Information is open and Information is managed Information is current, responsible for the proper Information is open and through all stages of accessible. accurate, relevant and management of accessible. usefulness in coordination easy to use. information. with business planning. Integrity and Your local government Managing Information is Improved customer Goals Privacy Protection anytime, anywhere. Everybody’s Business service and civic participation Legislation Information Management Policies, Strategies & Standards Enterprise Architecture & Technology Information Management Accountability Policy 2013
  9. 9. Open Government PrinciplesAccountable AccessibleTransparent Participatory
  10. 10. High ethical standards, codes of Accountable conduct & a commitment to proactive disclosure about government activities and spending.Staff Purchasing Card TransactionsCouncillor Expenses
  11. 11. Make information available to its Accessible citizens & enhance citizen inclusion in the decision-making process. Complementary Info Channels• Freedom of Information Requests – legislated right to access info held by government: channel of last resort• Open Data – raw machine-readable datasets, push to pull• Open Info • Routine Disclosure Plans • Web content, AODA • Location-aware, interactive aps e.g. Municipal Licencing, Well-being Toronto
  12. 12. Making government information Transparent available to the public is a requirement for an informed citizenry. It enables people to understand what their government is doing. City’s Paper Meeting World (Pre 2007)Agendas, Motions, Decision Document, MinutesBefore a meeting:• 2.5 ft of reports for every councillor, staffAfter a meeting:• Assembly & Publication: Intensive, Manual, Delayed
  13. 13. Transparent and Accessible Toronto Meeting Management SystemNovember 27, 2012 13 ARMA, NCR
  14. 14. Democracy requires opportunities forParticipatory participation & collaborative problem solving whenever possible; this is at the core of democratic governance
  15. 15. Open Government by Design Practicing the PhilosophyMaturity Model: emerge, establish, embed … ‘just a way of doing business’• Establish info stewardship & open culture – Divisional Info Mgt Liaison contacts – Expanding partnership of IM and I&T• Embed openness in systemic processes – Plan for openness (capital budget process) – Design for openness (enterprise architecture)
  16. 16. Open Government by Design Practicing the Philosophy

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