Help Create the International Open Data Charter

As part of the International Open Data Conference (IODC) 2015 – held in Ottawa, May 28-29 – a group See Footnote * of experts, officials, and advocates in the open data field from Canada and around the world committed to join forces in a multi-stakeholder international partnership for open data. The work of this group will support the development, launch, and implementation of a new International Open Data Charter articulating global open data principles and best practices.

Teaching Open Data

Mike Smit is a professor in the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. His research and teaching explore data management for open and big data, data literacy, the effect of open information on civic engagement, and the interaction of information and emerging technology (including cloud computing and the Internet of Things).

Open Government, and the 4th Industrial Revolution

This blog post was written by Stephen Walker and Jose Alonso, co-chairs of the Open Government Partnership Open Data Working Group. It was originally posted on the World Economic Forum website.

Two weeks ago in Davos, industry and government leaders considered the challenges that lie ahead as we enter a period of rapid innovation and change unlike any the world has known before.

Open Data Across Canada – A Snapshot

“Open data is data that can be freely used, shared and built-on by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose.” – Open Knowledge Foundation

The governments of Alberta, British Columbia and Canada conducted a survey on open data of all Canadian provinces and territories in 2015. Open data programs have become increasingly popular across the country, and we wanted to have a better picture of who is active in Canada, what open data programs look like, and what impact they’re having.

Check out this infographic for a snapshot of the results.

Library and Archives Canada: Opening Government Records

United States Judge Damon Keith wrote: “Democracies die behind closed doors.” At Library and Archives Canada (LAC), as part of our commitment to Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government, we are working to open doors through open information, open data, and open dialogue. We are guided in this work by the Directive on Open Government, introduced by the Treasury Board Secretariat in 2014.