I'm a bit disappointed that: A. This data is not refreshed more often, this file appears to be fairly old. (At least 6 months if not longer) B. This data is not accessible via a web service (like soap/json) I hope that this can updated.
Government of Canada Employee Contact Information
Government Electronic Directory Services (GEDS) provides public access to Government of Canada employee contact information as provided by participating departments.
Encoded with the Latin Alphabet 1 (ISO 8859-1) character set.
This is the dataset that contains all of the raw data within the Government of Canada Employee Contact Information system, not the searchable lookup. To search for contact information, please go to Government Electronic Directory Services (GEDS). (http://geds20-sage20.ssc-spc.gc.ca/en/GEDS20/?rd=1)
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Shared Services Canada
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada
|Resource Name||Resource Type||Format||Language||Links|
|GEDS - Government of Canada Employee Contacts||Dataset||CSV||
Hi, thank you for your feedback. I have forwarded it to the data owner for their review. Momin, the Open Government team.
When is the next update for this dataset? Although the Maintenance and Update Frequency is "daily", I don't think that this is the case.
Hi Nora, you are correct. I have asked the data owners for a response to your question and to correct the frequency on the page to deter further confusion. Stay tuned! Momin, the Open Government team.
The dataset is 2 months old while the Maintenance and Update Frequency indicate 'Daily' ??
Hi Stephane, Thank you for your comment. Your concern has been forwarded to the data owner, we will update you once they return with a response. Momin, Open Government team
the link : (http://geds20-sage20.ssc-spc.gc.ca/en/GEDS20/?rd=1) at the top of the page does not work. What a pathetic site.
Hi Grant, I was able to access GEDs through the link just now. Did you click 'search/browse' under 'GC directory' on the top left hand side? I am happy to contact the data owner for you as well to relay your comment. Please note that comments are moderated according to the rules of engagement found at this address (http://open.canada.ca/en/rules-engagement). Tasha, the Open Government Team
Not all the employees are listed, and so they cannot be contacted. When doing accreditation, an open and honest organization chart has to be accessible to the public, but the Government of Canada does not do that - what does this mean? Please list ALL employees so they can be identified and accountable for the work they do and the work they do not do. I dare you to publish this.
Time to recapture "access". Difficult to find people according to job title. Time to return to "transparency and access" now that the CONservatives are gone.
Why is it governments can't keep it simple. Looking up an employee to contact should be simple. Searching in circles is a time waster. A very poorly designed system.
Are there any plans on providing internet access to your Government Electronic Directory Services (GEDS) for updating purposes to specific Crown Corporation employees?
Thanks for your question, Claude. We have shared it with the dataset holder for their response. Stay tuned! Karin open-ouvert team
Hi Claude, Since this is more of an internal GEDS related question, the dataset holder has requested that you direct your question to email@example.com. Thanks and hope this helps! -Tasha, the Open Government Team
Why is it that Governement Employees personal information is being shared outside of the government (worldwide)? And that without the knowledge or permission of the employees themselves. Full Name, Work Address, Telephone Number, Title, etc. It is no ones business where someone works. This should remain prive.
Good morning, Hopeful - We received this response from the data holder: GEDS is legislated to provide government employee contact information to departments and to the public. It has been providing this information to the public from the GEDS online application at http://geds.gc.ca for many years. Recently the same information has been made available on the Open Government website. Departments have the ability to protect certain fields (such as address, email and phone numbers) from being shown to the public. They can also prevent employee entries from being released to the public. If you feel your information should not be made public you should contact your department administrator (see http://geds20-sage20.ssc-spc.gc.ca/en/GEDS20/?pgid=007). Hope this is helpful, Karin - open-ouvert team
Thanks for your comment, we have contacted the data owner and will get back to you as soon as we have an answer. Thom for the Open Government Team
Google search of GEDS does not yield link to search for a federal employee. It gives every other possible hits based on association with GEDS
By not adding my previous message you are committing or hiding Truth itself which is a Criminal offence. Transparency? Let it known as God as my witness that this fraud will/is accessible to all [Note from the open-ouvert team: apologies, promotion of products and websites is against our Rules of Engagement (http://open.canada.ca/en/rules-engagement), we had to edit out the included links.]
They don't want to let you contact anyone since they have switch system... I have all the Employees database and access to every employees which is my duty to send them all the following letter: It's illegal to use or be anything legal. This would be committing Fraud. All Government workers are in Fraud by using/claiming a LEGAL NAME... Google Legal Name Fraud. See for yourselves.
I find this system complicated beyond belief. Surely it can be simplified. Where for instance is a breakdown by organizational unit and names thereunder.
Hi Michael, You may be looking for www.geds.gc.ca which will provide you with a more user friendly interface to the data. Best regards, the Open Government Team
I only get a spreadsheet with the title of the columns, no data... Is that the intend of that CSV document?
Hi Luc, no, it should have data for ~100k+ rows. Thank you for flagging this, we're working on it. Kent on behalf of the open-ouvert team
The last GEDS (2014) was SOOOO MUCH BETTER, EASIER, ETC. than this present (2015) version. Please consider installing the older version.
There are a few annoying glitches here: 1. The information about the dataset should not be in a sidebar. It looks like navigation and does not immediately register as being information about the dataset. In particular, the dates published, modified and frequency should be more prominent, perhaps where the licence is (which is much less important since the assumption will be that the government information on this site by definition will be open). 2. The ordering of comments from oldest to newest is ridiculous. It means scrolling all the way through to see what the most recent comments are (which may relate to newer information). Please address this design flaw. 3. Threaded commenting would also help to organize comment-responses so these are clearer. The indentation is too subtle. The reply button (repeated in every comment) takes up a LOT of vertical space on a page with lots of comments and should be inline pulled right perhaps, with the name to help streamline the presentation. Hope these comments are helpful. These would make ALL open data pages more usable.
Canadians are not allowed to meet a Govt employee anymore if they have a problem. It is all done by phone. To make matters worse, one cannot even email a govt employee. Is this Democracy. Foreign affairs have no email for contact. Thank You.
I much prefer the previous version of GEDS Hope this new one will be short lived
The following is posted on behalf of Shared Services Canada (SSC): The appearance of URLs appearing on printouts where the page contains links is a result of the recent update to the templates on GEDS to WET 4 (http://wet-boew.github.io/wet-boew/index-en.html). You can see this same effect when printing pages on http://canada.ca. This default setting has been changed and these links should no longer appear when printing pages from GEDS (http://www.geds.gc.ca). You may need to refresh the page for this to take effect.
The print-out format today (July 28, 2015) is terrible. It has a lot of info I don't need, e.g., Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (?pgid=014&dn=OU%3DAANDC-AADNC%2CO% etc.). What are all these question marks and percentages for? Do I need them for anything? And the listing doesn't give me the full title of the person I am looking up.
Last year you commented that there was an API in the works. What is the status? When will the API be released?
Hi Pierre, We opted for a nightly refresh of the GEDS data rather than an API to be less resource intensive. That said, if you have preferences please let us know. Thank you, The open-ouvert team
The problem with that is the zip file is huge and contains many mistakes in its CSV formatting which makes it extremely difficult, if not almost impossible, for a CSV formatter to properly parse. It requires human intervention. Therefore, it makes it impossible to write a mobile app that downloads the nightly refreshed data every day in order to be "up to date". The data, as provided, must be cleansed and formatted into a database, online or on device, and shipped, which means every refresh of the data requires human intervention to cleanse the data so it can be imported into a database via a script. Either please fix the CSV file so it can be parsed properly via an automated CSV parser or build an API as promised last year... Regards, Pierre
Hi, The spreadsheet is not protected cells and can be resaved not a good thing!
Very difficult to work with. Old entries that are not valid came up.
Sorry, I was mistaken. The "","","","","","","","","","","","NRCAN-RNCAN" is actually (from the csv first line): PO Box (EN),PO Box (FR),Mailstop,Building (EN),Building (FR),Floor,Room,Administrative Assistant,Administrative Assistant Telephone Number,Executive Assistant,Executive Assistant Telephone Number,Department Acronym So my request is then: please add the hierarchical organizational structure information (organigram) to this dataset, as in: http://sage-geds.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/en/GEDS?pgid=014&dn=ou%3DIBP-IPE%2C+ou%3DSDIPD-OSIDP%2C+ou%3DSDPDM-OSDPM%2C+ou%3DCSPS-EFPC%2C+o%3DGC%2C+c%3DCA which shows: Canada School of Public Service ----Strategic Directions, Program Development and Marketing ------Strategic Directions, Innovation and Program Development --------Policy and Innovation Something like: org struct 1, org struct 2, org struct 3, .... org struct N where "N" is a big enough number top handle the depth of 99% of organizational structures. I am guessing N=10 would probably work.
Thank you for your comment. The following response has been posted on behalf of the data owner : "Columns indicating organization structure were added to the GEDS dataset"
Thank you for your recommendation, we are sending the to the data owner.
The work chart structure is missing, i.e. "","","","","","","","","","","","NRCAN-RNCAN","Natural Resources Canada", It would be useful to have some levels down into the organizational structure of the organizations.
When will the API be released?
Trying to find a phone number. From the comment trail, GEDS is no longer available?
this is typical of shared services take an easy to use site and screw it up now totally useless ,Why the change when it worked perfect before .Also the emails of people in my department do not connect ,What is wrong with you at ssc . \do some testing before implementation
Many of the user comments are answered with "Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response." For each of those answers, we would expect to later see their response. Yet, for not one of these answers, is their response posted. Please add their responses.
What happened to the online search engine? This dataset is of no help whatsoever in finding the right person for anything. There is no multi-cell search function for first and last name.
I am looking fir a phone number, I do not want to download the whole GEDS... this is ridiculous
You are probably seeking the GEDS “database”, i.e. rather than the GEDS “dataset”. The GEDS “database” resides at one of Shared Services Canada's websites at: http://geds.gc.ca In contrast, the GEDS “dataset” is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the GEDS database, but it is not the actual database.) For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.
I am a retired civil servant and I am looking for the email address of my brother who works for the government to send him a birthday card. How come this information is no longer available? or if it is, where can we find it? A disgrunted citizen...
You are probably seeking the GEDS “database”, i.e. rather than the GEDS “dataset”. The GEDS “database” resides at one of Shared Services Canada's websites at: http://geds.gc.ca *. In contrast, the GEDS “dataset” is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the GEDS database, but it is not the actual database.) * Specifically, from the "General Search" page (http://geds.gc.ca/en/GEDS?pgid=002), you can enter names to query. For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.
Like all the others who have left comments - this site is the pits!! Why does our government have to make things so hard to use??? What's wrong with a search box to enter a name? Where is the old site? Surely you didn't destroy it when you put this monstrosity online! Just go to the cache and bring back the proper version.... there are so many of us out here who pay our taxes on time and expect to be able to use this site whenever we need it. I for one am researching a book and the valuable information you hold is now no longer available to me. I tried using the "new" digitized version of the attestation papers and could only find a portion of what I used to find. You have destroyed a perfectly good working site! I hope you are all happy about that!
Hi, the following is the response from the data owner: "Thank you for your comment. The fourth quarter data will be updated in the coming weeks. Please check back again soon. " Regards, Momin, the Open Government team.
From which page are you getting the 502 Proxy errors, the GEDS dataset page, i.e. http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/8ec4a9df-b76b-4a67-8f93-cdbc2e040098?