Data and Information
Open data is data that is free and accessible for anyone to use, and can also be redistributed by anyone. Analysis of reliable data is crucial in determining the status of and resolving economic, political, environmental, and social issues. Opening access to such data can be a notable societal benefit. There are many benefits to open Data, but the benefits are lost if the data is not utilized effectively. The Global Open data Initiative provides resources for the government and societies to learn how to best and most effectively use open data.
In 2011, the federal government of Canada announced the creation of their open data portal. The portal features data about national demographics, high-resolution maps, statistics, science, social initiatives and much more. As of July 2015, the Open Data Portal boasts access to 244,599 open datasets. Canada’s Open Data Principles include: completeness, primacy, timeliness, ease of access, machine readability and more, read about them here. In 2012 the Canadian Government joined the Open Government Partnership and in June 2013 the Government endorsed the G8 Charter on Open Data. In June 2013 Canada and all of the other G8 members agreed to implement open data principles and best practices in preparation for the release and reuse of government data. Read more about the G8 Open Data Charter and Canada’s G8 Open Data Charter Commitments.