Initiative for Transparency Underway

February 4th, 2014 by Comment button No Comments »

The Town of Oakville has announced their Open Data Pilot Project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2014! They will release a variety of free datasets to the public as part of the town’s commitment to making municipal information more open, transparent and accessible.

What is open data?

Open data is defined by Wikipedia as “the idea that [...] data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.” Building on this idea, the Sunlight Foundation has outlined ten principles for opening up government information.

Find out more about open data by visiting the Open Knowledge Foundation website.

Why is Oakville opening up its data?

Municipalities around the world are proactively opening up their data. In Canada, large municipalities including Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa have led the open data movement, but this release of information is quickly spreading to communities large and small. According to the blog datalibre.ca, over 50 municipalities in Canada now operate open data programs, publishing hundreds of datasets for public use.

The Town of Oakville and the local open data community want to hear your ideas about open data. Everyone is welcome to attend — Oakville residents, local technology entrepreneurs, local business owners, students, residents associations’ members, data experts.

Join them at their first community meetup — February 5, 2014
2 to 4 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville

Visit the Town of Oakville website for more information.

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