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Data Governance Lab

Supporting communities to refine and test data governance models

Canadian municipalities are struggling with the volume and speed at which data is being collected and applied. Research from OpenNorth has identified gaps in municipal governments’ collection and application of data, including a lack of data standards and frameworks.

As a result of Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, communities across the country are thinking about how to leverage data to become ‘smart’. With Evergreen as the Community Support Network provider for the Smart Cities Challenge, Future Cities Canada is well positioned to support these communities to refine and test data governance models that reflect the principles of the Open Smart City, as outlined in OpenNorth’s Open Smart Cities Guide.

Together, Evergreen and the MaRS Solutions Lab will work with select communities to refine their problem statements, understand principles for good data governance for municipalities, apply the Open Smart Cities Guide principles and pilot a local Open Smart governance model that supports on an existing program or initiative. The process will allow the cities to test a model, learn from one another and develop new solutions to data governance.