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  • collects contract disclosure information from over a hundred different federal government websites, and makes them easily searchable.
  • "How'd They Vote?" aims to be a non-partisan website which provides a variety of in-depth information on the operations of the Canadian Parliament, specifically, how our politicians vote and what they've said. We take Hansard and extract information on bills, members of parliament, votes, and speeches. Hansard is an excellent resource, but it is not the mandate of the parliament website to fully index and extract every nugget of interesting information from it. was launched in May 2005 by Cory Horner. In the interest of remaining non-partisan, we will keep this site advertising-free by accepting donations to help offset our hosting costs, maintain the site, and add new features. Donations can be made by PayPal, using the link below. For larger recurring donations, please consider becoming a sponsor. For our current financial status, see our open budget.
  • Citizen Factory is here - it's an online resource for Canadian youth created by Apathy is Boring. Our goal is to help you make sense of Parliament. It's a two-step process: first Citizen Factory aggregates all the Parliamentary information that we can find. Next, we distill that information, so that it's easier to understand how your government works. Government of Canada logo We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage. The opinions expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Canadian Heritage. How does it work? The information in Citizen Factory is compiled from a number of different sources, ranging from the Library of Parliament to Twitter. The magic behind Citizen Factory was provided by an Ottawan and three Montrealers: Shawn Simister, Daniel Haran, Francis Wu, and Michael Lenczner. The source code is freely available.
  • Parliament remains a crucial engine of our democracy. And it all happens in the open. But, too often, information that's technically available is difficult to find and use. This site aims to make some of that information more easily accessible, and to encourage transparency in government. Behind the curtain Hi. I'm Michael. (You can reach me via e-mail.) This site is a volunteer, spare-time effort of mine. I built it because I think Parliament's goings-on are important—alternately fascinating, boring, and depressing, but important—and because I believe that public information should be meaningfully public, which today means shareable and computer-readable. In building the site, I had no shortage of inspirations. In particular, does wonderful things in the UK. Thanks also to How'd They Vote, Canada's OG Hansard scraper, whose API I'm gratefully using to match postal codes with MPs. And thanks to whoever in Parliamentary IT made vote information available in XML; you saved me much time and hair. Pitch in Here's how you can help. Programmers This site is free software. We run on Python and Django. If you notice a bug or want to add functionality, patches are wonderful things. Reports and suggestions should go to our issue tracker, or e-mail. I've listed some ideas for projects. You're also very much encouraged to build your own projects on top of our code and data. We have a bare-bones API for Hansard transcripts, and I'm happy to add requested API functionality. Graphic/Interface Designers Design is crucial to making information accessible. This site is my amateur effort; suggestions and contributions are deeply welcome.
  • RepresentMe Inspiration Represent - The New York Times. Open Data Ottawa - Gave developers like me a platform to show our work. News All the news for RepresentMe comes from a small collection of RSS feeds. You can download the complete list in XBEL format here. Data * How'd They Vote - MP voting records and bill descriptions. * Freebase - Topic details for representatives and regions. * Statistics Canada - Electoral district profiles. Code * JQuery - Javascript plugin framework. * Bundle-Fu - Resource bundling plugin. * YM4R - Google Maps integration. Graphics * Silk Icons - Icons used throughout the site. * Sketch Rothwell - Font used for title.
  • FixMyStreet Canada is maintained by the non-profit The site was inspired by MySociety's (, which was adapted for Canada by Chris Taggart of OpenOttawa (
  • open data, open government, open access

    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
    3. 3. Open Government <ul><li>Cultural change in government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access mechanisms built in to new programs and services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Broad public consultation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify what the public needs to keep government accountable – build trust </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Accessible Reusable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free or low cost, w/data stuctures to discover, understand, interpret and develop technology to use + citizen participation </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Open Government Data Principles <ul><li>1. Complete: All public data are made available. Public data are data that is not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Primary: Data are as collected at the source, with the highest possible level of granularity, not in aggregate or modified forms. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Timely: Data are made available as quickly as necessary to preserve the value of the data. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Accessible: Data are available to the widest range of users for the widest range of purposes. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Machine processable: Data are reasonably structured to allow automated processing. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Non-discriminatory: Data are available to anyone, with no requirement of registration. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Non-proprietary: Data are available in a format over which no entity has exclusive control. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Consultation
    6. 6. Gov. Consultations - Old School 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 Citizen led, engaged, innovative, risk taking, creative change is expected. Needs to be more sustainable.
    8. 8. Gov. Consultation - Wrong School consultation-real-results/
    9. 9. Citizens are building tools to encourage Gov. to be more transparent
    10. 10. Transparency - APP
    11. 11. Proactive Disclosure
    12. 12. Transparency-Visualization FFunction
    13. 13. Citizens want their leaders to be accountable.
    14. 14. Accountability
    15. 15. Page Scraping 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”.
    16. 16. Accountability
    17. 17. Accountability
    18. 18. Accountability
    19. 19. Data to inform elections Community Development Halton
    20. 20. Cities in Canada are taking the lead
    21. 21. City of Nanaimo
    22. 22. District of North Vancouver
    23. 23. City of Vancouver
    24. 24. City of Calgary
    25. 25. City of Edmonton
    26. 26. Cities are building new governance structures
    27. 27. City of London
    28. 28. Open data is a dance performance between citizens and city governments
    29. 29. City of Toronto The Government The Community
    30. 30. City of Ottawa _ services/opendata/index_en.html The Government The Community 010/07/21/changecamp-ottawa-2010- open-data-terms-of-use-session/
    31. 31. Ville de Montr éal In Progress – Stay Tuned!! The Government The Community
    32. 32. Cities are working together
    33. 33. G4 + 1 gov-20-and-open-data-sustainability -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 draftfest-canada-govcamp-2011/ http://miwhackathon .
    36. 36. Public participation app
    37. 37. City Apps4Contests
    38. 38. Provinces are also starting
    39. 39. BC – Climate Change Data
    40. 40. The elder statesperson is NRCan
    41. 41. NRCan
    42. 42. Citizens are working together nationally
    43. 43. Advocates
    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.