About Open Data
Open Data is a practice that makes data freely available, easy to access, and most importantly, simple for the public to reuse in machine-readable formats. Open Data can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone. Technology has provided the capability to distribute large amounts of government data and information through many different platforms on a vast array of subjects. This enables governments to provide public access to the data that it produces, collects and uses. This data is made available through a single and searchable window and consolidates data from across the government’s departments and agencies, providing access to them all in one place.
We would love to see what you have built using our data. When tweeting about your innovation, please use #yegdata or mention @OpenDataEdm.
The City of Edmonton is the Canadian leader in Open Data and has recently been awarded the 2015 Canadian Open Data Award by the Open Data Society of BC and Open North. It was the fourth municipality and the third major Canadian city to host an online Open Data Catalogue when the City launched its platform in January, 2010. The catalogue has grown to include a wide variety of datasets and visualizations, making data related to roadways maintenance, locations of schools, varieties of trees, municipal elections data, aggregate municipal census data and much more available to the public.
Anyone accessing data through the Open Data Catalogue can combine that data with contextual elements, transforming raw data to useful information. Data released by the City has the potential to be both impactful and beneficial, contributing to the livability of our city. Open data allows for direct visibility into how decisions are made, empowers citizens and enhances the relationship between citizens and public organizations.
Where We Are Today
Today we have published close to 900 datasets and visualizations, an impressive growth from our humble beginnings just 6 years ago. We have succeeded in the creation and adoption of a Corporate Advisory Group to promote Open Data ensuring the new City Policy is followed.
As we look to the practical future of open data and expanding its use, we foresee and will work towards major advancements in two areas - mobile/web applications and analytics. While we embrace these advancements we will continue to expand our Open Data Catalogue with new datasets and visualizations on a monthly basis.
Some areas of focus are:
Fostering the Metropolitan Edmonton area Open Data collaboration with surrounding municipal governments, post-secondary institutions, and law enforcement agencies.
Enhancing standards and processes to ensure high-quality data.
Want to become involved?
Head on over to our Applications page to see some of the great things being built with our Open Data!
Perhaps your idea will become a reality and we will be hosting your app here too.
How awesome would that be?