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.
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.
Govloop, a community of public sector professionals, recently published their Top 5 Predictions for Government in 2014, and "Open Data as Innovation Driver" made the list. We're inclined to agree – not only that Open Data is important, but that it could be among the most powerful drivers for the Government of Canada throughout 2014.
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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who made the first Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) a success!
In particular, we want to thank the event organizers, XMG Studio and everyone who dedicated their weekend to supporting CODE, including all our open government colleagues from across the Government of Canada.
The Government of Canada is making huge strides to bring Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government to everyday Canadians. It has committed to engage Canadians online, make government more transparent and provide access to useful public sector data.
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.