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Open Data Initiatives in Canada:
Part of the OpenGov Conversation
Tracey P. Lauriault
Open Access Week: Carleton Universit...
Open Government
http://www.infocom.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr-ori-ari_2010_1.aspx
Open Government
Cultural change in government

Access mechanisms built in to new
programs and services
Broad public consu...
Open Government Data Principles
http://resource.org/8_principles.html
1.Complete: All public data are made available. Publ...
Consultation
Gov. Consultations - Old School
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/
2011/consultation/ContentReport-RapportCont...
Cit. & Gov. Consultations - New School
http://transitcamp.wik.
s/2007_Transit_Camp
http://changecamp.ca/ http://opengovwes...
Gov. Consultation - Wrong School
http://datalibre.ca/2010/07/14/
consultation-real-results/
Citizens are building tools to
encourage Gov. to be more transparent
Transparency - APP
Proactive Disclosure
http://www.ec.gc.ca/
Transparency-Visualization
FFunction
http://ffctn.com/expensevisualizer
http://ffctn.com/blog
Citizens want their leaders to be
accountable.
Accountability
http://howdtheyvote.ca/
Page Scraping
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/housechamberbusiness/ChamberSittings.aspx
Screen / page scraping: “is
a technique in ...
Accountability
http://citizenfactory.com
Accountability
Accountability
http://representme.ca
Data to inform elections
Community Development Halton
http://www.cdhalton.ca/pdf/election2010/Select-data-Halton-wards.pdf
Cities in Canada are taking the lead
City of Nanaimo
http://www.nanaimo.ca/datafeeds/
District of North Vancouver
http://geoweb.dnv.org/index.html
City of Vancouver
http://data.vancouver.ca
City of Calgary
http://calgaryonlinestore.com/publicdata.asp
City of Edmonton
http://data.edmonton.ca
Cities are building new governance
structures
City of London
http://www.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Open_Data/default.htm
Open data is a dance performance
between citizens and city governments
City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/open/
http://www.datato.org/app/
The Government
The Community
City of Ottawa
http://www.ottawa.ca/online_
services/opendata/index_en.html
http://www.opendataottawa.ca/
The Government
T...
Ville de Montréal
In Progress – Stay Tuned!!
http://montrealouvert.net
The Government
The Community
Cities are working together
G4 + 1
http://www.slideshare.net/jkonga/
gov-20-and-open-data-sustainability
http://www.egov.vic.gov.au/topics
-a-z/c/cana...
Hacktivists are building apps for
citizens
Hackfests
http://govcamp.ca/hackfest-and-
draftfest-canada-govcamp-2011/
http://www.hackfest.ca/?lg=en
http://miwhackathon...
Public participation app
http://fixmystreet.ca/
City Apps4Contests
http://contest.apps4edmonton.ca/
http://www.apps4ottawa.ca/
Provinces are also starting
BC – Climate Change Data
http://apps4climateaction
.gov.bc.ca/
http://data.gov.bc.ca/index.html
The elder statesperson is NRCan
NRCan
http://www.geoconnections.org
http://geodiscover.cgdi.ca
http://www.geobase.ca
http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/
Citizens are working together
nationally
Advocates
http://lists.pwd.ca/mailman/listinfo
/civicaccess-discuss
http://visiblegovernment.ca/
http://datalibre.ca/
The conversation has just started,
and I hope we can mobilize our
national knowledge resources at all
scales to collective...
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Open Data Initiatives in Canada: One part of the Open Government Conversation

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Canada’s Information Commissioners have adopted a resolution toward Open Government and part of the open government process is open access to public administrative, census, map and research data. A number of Canadian Cities, innovative government programs such as GeoConnections, forward thinking research funding such as International Polar Year have become OpenData cities, implemented data sharing infrastructures and fund data sharing science. Access to data are one part of the open government conversation, and it is argued that opendata bring us closer to more informed democratic deliberations on public policy.

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Open Data Initiatives in Canada: One part of the Open Government Conversation

  1. 1. Open Data Initiatives in Canada: Part of the OpenGov Conversation Tracey P. Lauriault Open Access Week: Carleton University Carleton MacOdrum Library - Room 102 Thursday, October 21st, 12:00-1:00pm Ottawa
  2. 2. Open Government http://www.infocom.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr-ori-ari_2010_1.aspx
  3. 3. Open Government Cultural change in government  Access mechanisms built in to new programs and services Broad public consultation  Identify what the public needs to keep government accountable – build trust Open Accessible Reusable  Free or low cost, w/data stuctures to discover, understand, interpret and develop technology to use + citizen participation
  4. 4. Open Government Data Principles http://resource.org/8_principles.html 1.Complete: All public data are made available. Public data are data that is not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations. 2. Primary: Data are as collected at the source, with the highest possible level of granularity, not in aggregate or modified forms. 3. Timely: Data are made available as quickly as necessary to preserve the value of the data. 4. Accessible: Data are available to the widest range of users for the widest range of purposes. 5. Machine processable: Data are reasonably structured to allow automated processing. 6. Non-discriminatory: Data are available to anyone, with no requirement of registration. 7. Non-proprietary: Data are available in a format over which no entity has exclusive control. 8. License-free: Data are not subject to any copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret regulation. Reasonable privacy, security and privilege restrictions may be allowed.
  5. 5. Consultation
  6. 6. Gov. Consultations - Old School http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/ 2011/consultation/ContentReport-RapportContenu/index-eng.cfm Trusted, expensive, broad, tradional, & in this case overruled.
  7. 7. Cit. & Gov. Consultations - New School http://transitcamp.wik. s/2007_Transit_Camp http://changecamp.ca/ http://opengovwest.org Citizen led, engaged, innovative, risk taking, creative change is expected. Needs to be more sustainable.
  8. 8. Gov. Consultation - Wrong School http://datalibre.ca/2010/07/14/ consultation-real-results/
  9. 9. Citizens are building tools to encourage Gov. to be more transparent
  10. 10. Transparency - APP
  11. 11. Proactive Disclosure http://www.ec.gc.ca/
  12. 12. Transparency-Visualization FFunction http://ffctn.com/expensevisualizer http://ffctn.com/blog
  13. 13. Citizens want their leaders to be accountable.
  14. 14. Accountability http://howdtheyvote.ca/
  15. 15. Page Scraping http://www2.parl.gc.ca/housechamberbusiness/ChamberSittings.aspx Screen / page scraping: “is a technique in which a computer program extracts data from the display output of another program. The program doing the scraping is called a screen scraper. The key element that distinguishes screen scraping from regular parsing is that the output being scraped was intended for final display to a human user, rather than as input to another program, and is therefore usually neither documented nor structured for convenient parsing”. http://www.cramster.com/refe rence/wiki.aspx? wiki_name=Screen_scraping
  16. 16. Accountability http://citizenfactory.com
  17. 17. Accountability
  18. 18. Accountability http://representme.ca
  19. 19. Data to inform elections Community Development Halton http://www.cdhalton.ca/pdf/election2010/Select-data-Halton-wards.pdf
  20. 20. Cities in Canada are taking the lead
  21. 21. City of Nanaimo http://www.nanaimo.ca/datafeeds/
  22. 22. District of North Vancouver http://geoweb.dnv.org/index.html
  23. 23. City of Vancouver http://data.vancouver.ca
  24. 24. City of Calgary http://calgaryonlinestore.com/publicdata.asp
  25. 25. City of Edmonton http://data.edmonton.ca
  26. 26. Cities are building new governance structures
  27. 27. City of London http://www.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Open_Data/default.htm
  28. 28. Open data is a dance performance between citizens and city governments
  29. 29. City of Toronto http://www.toronto.ca/open/ http://www.datato.org/app/ The Government The Community
  30. 30. City of Ottawa http://www.ottawa.ca/online_ services/opendata/index_en.html http://www.opendataottawa.ca/ The Government The Community http://traceyplauriault.ca/ 010/07/21/changecamp-ottawa-2010- open-data-terms-of-use-session/
  31. 31. Ville de Montréal In Progress – Stay Tuned!! http://montrealouvert.net The Government The Community
  32. 32. Cities are working together
  33. 33. G4 + 1 http://www.slideshare.net/jkonga/ gov-20-and-open-data-sustainability http://www.egov.vic.gov.au/topics -a-z/c/canada-topics-a-z/municipal -open-government- framework-work-in-progress.html
  34. 34. Hacktivists are building apps for citizens
  35. 35. Hackfests http://govcamp.ca/hackfest-and- draftfest-canada-govcamp-2011/ http://www.hackfest.ca/?lg=en http://miwhackathon. eventbrite.com/ https://www.socialtext.net/ http://opendataapps.org/
  36. 36. Public participation app http://fixmystreet.ca/
  37. 37. City Apps4Contests http://contest.apps4edmonton.ca/ http://www.apps4ottawa.ca/
  38. 38. Provinces are also starting
  39. 39. BC – Climate Change Data http://apps4climateaction .gov.bc.ca/ http://data.gov.bc.ca/index.html
  40. 40. The elder statesperson is NRCan
  41. 41. NRCan http://www.geoconnections.org http://geodiscover.cgdi.ca http://www.geobase.ca http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/
  42. 42. Citizens are working together nationally
  43. 43. Advocates http://lists.pwd.ca/mailman/listinfo /civicaccess-discuss http://visiblegovernment.ca/ http://datalibre.ca/
  44. 44. The conversation has just started, and I hope we can mobilize our national knowledge resources at all scales to collectively work on resolving some of our toughest issues and to create a more open, inclusive & collaborative culture.

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