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Why is CODE Important?

By The Honourable Tony Clement on February 27, 2014

The Canadian Open Data Experience, or CODE, is an Open Data appathon where developers, students, and Open Data enthusiasts are invited to use Government of Canada data sets to develop consumer-friendly applications. It’s the first national appathon that specifically calls upon participants to re-purpose Canadian federal Open Data into something novel and useful with the goal of solving problems…

Congratulations to the CODE's Invitees from the Great Canadian Appathon 4!

By Open Government Team on February 21, 2014

On January 9, 2014, we posted a blog about the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), a 48-hour appathon taking place from February 28 – March 2, 2014. This event challenges coders and developers to turn federal government open data into useful apps and tools for Canadians. We’re building on the success of the Great Canadian Appathon (GCA), which focuses on mobile games. The fourth GCA took place…

Open Data in 2014

By Stephen Walker on February 4, 2014

Govloop, a community of public sector professionals, recently published their Top 5 Predictions for Government in 2014, and "Open Data as Innovation Driver" made the list. We're inclined to agree – not only that Open Data is important, but that it could be among the most powerful drivers for the Government of Canada throughout 2014. Govloop is not alone in making this prediction. McKinsey's 2013…

Kick-Off for CODE

By Open Government Team on January 9, 2014

The Government of Canada is partnering with XMG Studio to host a nationwide Open Data appathon – an intense 48-hour coding sprint where innovators compete to build applications (apps) using federal government data from  Coined the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), this event will be held February 28 – March 2, 2014. It’s part of an ongoing effort to expand our Open Data and Open…

Open Data Users’ Top Priority Datasets on

By Alice Born on December 20, 2013

by Alice Born (Guest Blogger) Open data users voted the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the National Occupational Classification (NOC) as their top priorities to be made available via the Open Data Portal,, and they are now up. Making these statistical classifications available in .CSV, an open format, benefits the open data community and the general public…

Now is the Time to Collaborate on Cultural Change

By Stephen Walker on October 15, 2013

(Originally posted on’s blog page ) "The Government of Canada remains committed to fostering the principles of Open Government. It offers Canadians greater opportunities to learn about and participate in government, in the economy, and in our democratic process." The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada Government as a platform is a concept that was…

UK Guest Blog for Canadian Government Data Portal

By Paul Maltby on October 11, 2013

by Paul Maltby (Guest Blogger) Transparency – an idea whose time has come As UK Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has said, transparency is a powerful idea whose time has come. Advances in technology and communications, and rising public expectations have created a situation where being transparent is not just a matter of “we can,” but “we should” – more open government is more efficient…

Canada and the United Kingdom - "Hangout on Air"

By The Honourable Tony Clement on October 11, 2013

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, hosted a "Hangout on Air" on October 11, engaged in a half hour live-stream discussion with Sam Vermette (Co-Founder of the Transit App), Sir Nigel Shadbolt (Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute), and Paul Maltby (Director of Open Data and Government Innovation in the Cabinet Office of the UK) , to discuss what is…

Open Data Speed Dating at GTEC 2013

By Jacques Mailloux on September 30, 2013

By Jacques Mailloux (Guest Blogger) In launching the Government of Canada’s much-anticipated next-generation open data portal,, earlier this summer, Minister Clement challenged Canadian entrepreneurs to mine the vast reserves of Canada’s “new natural resource”, open data, and to repurpose it into valuable, user-friendly apps, spurring innovation, boosting growth, and serving citizens…

Open Data: The New Natural Resource of the 21st Century

By Tom Jenkins on September 13, 2013

On Thursday, September 5, 2013, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, visited OpenText Headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario for a unique event focused on Open Data as a natural resource of the 21st century. Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text Corporation blogged about the event. Videos from the OpenText website: Interview with the…

Why Defining “Open” Matters

By Herb Lainchbury on July 30, 2013

By Herb Lainchbury (Guest Blogger) On June 18, 2013, our Canadian government took important steps that increased the commitment to open data in Canada. Along with launching the next-generation of its open data portal,, the government also released a new open data licence called the Open Government Licence - Canada v2.0. It is a very readable and user-friendly licence, and the feature…


By Stephen Walker on June 18, 2013

Hi and welcome to the new, the flagship of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government. First of all, let me say that our primary goal with is to provide single-window access to all Government of Canada searchable open data and open information to enhance government accountability and transparency, as well as to create opportunities for innovation and socio-economic benefits…

Google Hangout

By The Honourable Tony Clement on June 18, 2013

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, hosted a "Google Hangout" on June 18th, engaging in a half hour live-stream discussion with the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Robert Herjavec, member of the President’s Advisory Panel on Open Government and Shark Tank TV personality, and Open Data gurus and tech innovators to…

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