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July 20, 2017

I’m excited to present you with our latest step in Open Government: the Open by Default pilot. Through this one-of-a-kind initiative, government departments are sharing their working documents and data with the public, as they are being created.

The documents are a diverse selection of flash reports, field notes, project plans, documentation, meeting minutes and more. It’s another step in our ongoing effort to make the Government of Canada more transparent, and strengthen collaboration with the public.

Continue reading "The Open by Default pilot: an experiment in radical transparency"...

July 18, 2017

By Nick Xenos, Executive Director, Centre for Greening Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

We are excited to be making greenhouse gas (GHG) data sets from the 2010 to 2011 fiscal year to the 2014 to 2015 fiscal year available through Open Data channels.

Continue reading "Sharing the Government of Canada’s greenhouse gas footprint"...

July 11, 2017

Open government is a relatively new way of doing public policy. To date there is no common, agreed-upon approach to measuring progress. 

That said, the Open Government Team feels that it’s crucial that we be transparent and accountable about progress on commitments. We think that transparency can help inspire ambition and create opportunities for people outside of government to help us overcome some of our toughest challenges.

Continue reading "Introducing our new Open Government Results Tracker"...

June 12, 2017

Many cities want to open up their data but are not too sure where to start. To support these efforts, Open North and the Government of Canada have piloted the development of a do-it-yourself (DIY) open data toolkit for municipalities.

Continue reading "Coming soon: Do-It-Yourself Open Data Toolkit!"...

June 5, 2017

Wendy Gnenz is the Branch Manager for Open City and Innovation at the City of Edmonton and is accountable for advancing the City’s open government philosophy as well as improving corporate effectiveness and efficiency. Edmonton is a leader in the advancement of the principles of open government and open data. Through their Open City Policy, endorsed by City Council in April 2015, they have repeatedly shown that they are a City that believes in the concept that data is ‘Open by Default’.

Continue reading "Get Excited About #OpenData: 4 Things You Should Know!"...