About the Open by Default Pilot


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It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves. Government and its information should be open by default.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Why was the Open by Default pilot created?

The Open by Default pilot demonstrates proactive release of working information which supports government transparency and accountability. This pilot will help us clear the path as we maximize the ongoing release of information across government.

What kind of documents can be found using the Open by Default pilot?

Documents available through the Open by Default Pilot are snapshots of works-in-progress from Government of Canada public servants, shared for your exploration. These can include field notes, research documents, reporting documents and organizational charts from any of the four participating government departments.

Who is participating in the Open by Default pilot, and why?

Four government departments are offering documents for the pilot: Canadian Heritage, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. These departments are participating in order to provide a sample of the government’s scientific and cultural research to public researchers, businesses and curious citizens. We are expanding our efforts at opening data and information to pursue goals with Canadians cooperatively, whether you’re a professor, a student, public servant, or engaged citizen. The Government of Canada would like to thank the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) for its help in developing the Open by Default pilot. In February 2016, the CSTMC launched its own open by default portal, called Open Heritage.

How can you use the Open by Default pilot?

This pilot provides direct access to working documents that we hope will provide insight into the work your government is doing and lead to greater collaboration. For example, let’s say you’re a university professor researching climate change. You’re browsing Open by Default and discover an interesting document owned by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). You connect with a Government of Canada researcher and share information with one another. From this interaction, you receive an expanded research package that you can share with other academics and ECCC has received more information they can include in their own research.

The most important part of this pilot is you. Have a look backstage, discover a new way to connect with your government and contact us to let us know what you think.

For more information on re-using information released by the Open by Default pilot, please refer to Canada’s Open Government Licence.

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