Disclosed.ca collects contract disclosure information from over a hundred different federal government websites, and makes them easily searchable.
&quot;How'd They Vote?&quot; 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. howdtheyvote.ca 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, TheyWorkForYou.com 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.
FixMyStreet Canada is maintained by the non-profit VisibleGovernment.ca. The site was inspired by MySociety's (http://www.mysociety.org/), which was adapted for Canada by Chris Taggart of OpenOttawa (http://www.openottawa.org/).
open data, open government, open access
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
Open Government http://www.infocom.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr-ori-ari_2010_1.aspx
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>
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>http://resource.org/8_principles.html
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.
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.
Gov. Consultation - Wrong School http://datalibre.ca/2010/07/14/ consultation-real-results/
Citizens are building tools to encourage Gov. to be more transparent
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/reference/wiki.aspx?wiki_name=Screen_scraping
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 The Community http://traceyplauriault.ca/ 010/07/21/changecamp-ottawa-2010- open-data-terms-of-use-session/
Ville de Montr éal In Progress – Stay Tuned!! http://montrealouvert.net The Government The Community
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.