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Canada contributes to the open source community

By Open Government Team on June 26, 2015

CKAN is an open source data management software that enables open data programs in governments, non-profits, and businesses all over the world. Canada’s Open Government Portal is powered by CKAN and our Open Government team actively contributes to the core development of this robust suite of tools. CKANCon 2015 was an official pre-event to the recent International Open Data Conference in Ottawa…

The Action Plan Consultation Dataset

By Open Government Team on June 11, 2015

From April 24 to October 20, 2014, the Government of Canada conducted public consultations in support of developing Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2014-2016. A previous blog post, The Journey to Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2014-16, described those consultations, and how we worked with the data collected. That post also introduced the What We Heard report that details the…

One Week until the International Open Data Conference

By Open Government Team on May 20, 2015

The International Open Data Conference (IODC) kicks off in exactly one week in Ottawa. The conference will bring together open data experts, government officials, industry leaders, and civil society champions from around the world. Participants will take stock of the global open data movement and chart the future, focusing on: how to strengthen coordination among countries and open data…

The Impetus of Collaboration

By Jean-Noé Landry on May 8, 2015

Jean-Noé Landry is Open North's Director of Strategic Initiatives. He is a democracy development expert with 13 years of international and local experience. The transformation of government and citizen engagement in the 21st century includes open data. The promises of improved public services, increased public integrity, and more effective management of public resources are materializing. Open…

Apps for Alberta Competition

By Mark Diner on May 4, 2015

Note: This blog from the Province of Alberta was originally posted on the Alberta Open Data Portal. This challenge may be of particular interest to those who participated in the recent CODE 2015 event. Apps for Alberta is open until June 19, 2015, and is offering $70,000 in prizes. Open Data Day 2015 took place on February 21 this year, and I was able to attend the City of Edmonton's Open Data…

CODE 2015 Winning Teams

By Open Government Team on March 26, 2015

The open data community came together in Toronto to celebrate the teamwork, innovation, and drive of the CODE 2015 participants (visit our CODE page if you'd like to learn more). The Grand Finale capped off an exciting month: from the high-energy appathon itself, to testing the 125 submissions, to the intense Pitch Day where the top 15 teams presented their work to a panel of judges. Judges have…

Canada Codes! The CODE 2015 Top 15 Apps

By Open Government Team on March 6, 2015

The top 15 apps from CODE 2015 have been announced! Do you know who made the best use of Canada’s open data for the contest? More than 1,300 participants, representing over 300 teams from across the country, built 125 apps, drawing inspiration from 3 development themes: Healthy Living, Business Opportunities, and Youth Employment. It was Canada’s biggest appathon ever. Over the last week, XMG…

CODE 2015 – It’s a Wrap!

By Open Government Team on February 23, 2015

With the closing of CODE 2015 at 6 p.m. last night, we now have the chance to reflect on this year’s competition. We had great aspirations for this appathon, but what we saw over the weekend was spectacular. “Exceeded our expectations” would be an understatement. In the end, over 1,300 participants from across Canada took part. It’s clear that CODE participants raised the bar for 2015, as some…

The International Open Data Conference comes to Canada for the first time!

By Open Government Team on February 17, 2015

What’s next for open data in Canada? This is a question for the global open data community – governments, businesses, civil society, and people like you. Where does this movement need to go? It’s an exciting time for open data, and it requires international coordination to fully deliver on its potential. Around the world, governments have been signing on to the Open Government Partnership (OGP…

Country Travel Advice and Advisories dataset

By Paul Wisenberg, Andrea Lemelin on February 6, 2015

Guest bloggers Paul Wisenberg (E-Communications Advisor,, Communications Products and Services) and Andrea Lemelin (Deputy Director, Travel Information Program) explain Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Country Travel Advice and Advisories dataset.   What is Canada’s Travel Information Program? The Travel Information Program (TIP) is a service provided to Canadians…

Your Challenge for CODE 2015

By Corinne Charette on January 27, 2015

The challenge has been laid down. CODE is back! Tony Clement, the President of the Treasury Board, has officially announced the CODE appathon is returning over the weekend of International Open Data Day from February 20–22. CODE 2015 will build upon the fantastic success of last February’s inaugural event, which exceeded our expectations for participation, quality, and creativity. This appathon…

The Journey to Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2014-16

By Open Government Team on January 15, 2015

Today we released the official “What We Heard” report on all of the consultations that supported the development of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2014-2016. This blog post offers an explanation of how the feedback from consultations shaped the development of Canada’s newest Action Plan on Open Government. In total, over 1,400 individuals took part and collectively generated 2,010 ideas…

Interview with Jason Ernst, Grand Prize Winner of CODE

By Jason Ernst on January 9, 2015

Jason Ernst is a member of the Electric Sheep team (along with Carlos Saavedra), that won the Grand Prize and was voted Fan Favourite at CODE 2014. The team built the newRoots app that matches newcomers to Canada with cities to live in, based on their preferences across several domains. We asked Jason a few questions after CODE to learn more about the team and its experience. Q: What is your…

Canadian Open Data Experience {CODE} Runner-Up Kevin Quan: My CODE Experience

By Kevin Quan on December 22, 2014

Guest blogger: Kevin Quan of Team Quantified When I read about the CODE hackathon in the news, I was excited about participating.  I’ve been fascinated with using data in novel ways for my entire career and now I had an opportunity to work with the huge amount of data that the Government has collected. In fact, the sheer amount of data was overwhelming.  The theme of the hackathon was “Solving…

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