Kick-Off for CODE

The Government of Canada is partnering with XMG Studio to host a nationwide Open Data appathon – an intense 48-hour coding sprint where innovators compete to build applications (apps) using federal government data from data.gc.ca.  Coined the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), this event will be held February 28 – March 2, 2014.

Canada and the United Kingdom - "Hangout on Air"

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, hosted a "Hangout on Air" on October 11, engaged in a half hour live-stream discussion with Sam Vermette (Co-Founder of the Transit App), Sir Nigel Shadbolt (Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute), and Paul Maltby (Director of Open Data and Government Innovation in the Cabinet Office of the UK) , to discuss what is happening in the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada to support open data for businesses and innovators.

Congratulations to the CODE's Invitees from the Great Canadian Appathon 4!

On January 9, 2014, we posted a blog about the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), a 48-hour appathon taking place from February 28 – March 2, 2014. This event challenges coders and developers to turn federal government open data into useful apps and tools for Canadians.

We’re building on the success of the Great Canadian Appathon (GCA), which focuses on mobile games. The fourth GCA took place in January, and recently the competition’s top 15 teams were announced.

Why is CODE Important?

The Canadian Open Data Experience, or CODE, is an Open Data appathon where developers, students, and Open Data enthusiasts are invited to use Government of Canada data sets to develop consumer-friendly applications. It’s the first national appathon that specifically calls upon participants to re-purpose Canadian federal Open Data into something novel and useful with the goal of solving problems and increasing productivity for Canadians. CODE is coming up quickly, and we are very excited.

Canada's CIO Discusses the Success of CODE

As the Government of Canada’s Chief Information Officer, part of my role is to discuss the evolution of Open Data with parliamentarians. After my most recent presentation on Parliament Hill, it struck me how remarkable it was that in a few short years the notion of opening up government data to make it re-useable without restriction to the public has gained such support across the Government of Canada, as well as captured the interest of our country’s top legislators.