July 17, 2019

Aligning Canadian Open Data Programs with International Best Practices

by Erin Bryson, Jean-Noé Landry, Prof. Peter Johnson

What could open data programs gain from aligning with international best practices?

Across Canada, the release of open data by municipal and provincial governments is rapidly growing. As this gains momentum, there is a need to assess the policies that guide open data provision and ensure their framework supports open and innovative data initiatives. An emerging set of principles, the International Open Data Charter (ODC), have been adopted by forty-one governments around the globe to guide the development and release of government open data. As Open Data Charter Stewards and in collaboration with the research partnership, GeoThink, OpenNorth is researching the potential benefits and challenges to Canadian provinces and municipalities in adopting the ODC.

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