open and shut data


Today is International Open Data Day.

Anyone can organize an Open Data Day event.

The City of Hamilton does.

As of March 2019 there are 66 municipalities that have open data portals in Canada.

Toronto adopted their Open Data Master plan, have an Open Data team that does active AMA on reddit and solicits feedback via an Open Data Master Plan Review.

Innisfil adopted their Open Data policy back in 2018.  It is linked to their strategic plan and target completion is Q4 2020

Oakvillehas been workingsteadily since 2014

Closer to home York Region has opened up. In their 2017 Open Data program update the Region recognized that open data increases transparency and empowers citizens to use data in new and creative ways. Here are a couple of their achievements from 3 years ago:

  • Increasing the number of downloads from York Region’s Open Data website by 70 per cent over 2016
  • Downloading 28,250 data sets since the Open Data website was launched in 2015
  • Partnering with Waze to incorporate the Region’s traffic disruption data into their app, releasing 175 data sets to the public, and providing data back into York Region’s traffic management centre
  • Partnering with Yelp to incorporate food premise inspection results into their local business search tools that published crowd-sourced reviews

Markham has a digital strategy that includes an Open Data Catalogue.

Vaughan has a Chief Information Officer who has outlined a Digital Strategy document that supports Open Data.

Newmarket is also embracing Open Data on their site  and have established a license agreement.

So what about the Town of Aurora’s efforts?

None, nada, zilch.

It’s 2020.  How exactly its the town dragging their feet on this initiative supportive of the goals of transparency and accountability?


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