[Okfn-ca] Community input to Canadian version of Local Open Data Census

Jury Konga jkonga at sympatico.ca
Mon May 4 14:58:11 UTC 2015

Hi folks,


I was happy to announce on Friday, at GO Open Data 2015 conference #GOOD15,
that we are launching an Open Knowledge Local Open Data Census in Canada.
This will allow current open data cities to compare their degree of openness
and consider what additional data sets they should consider making open.  As
Canada has another level of government between local and federal, we are
also going to develop a census for the Provincial/Territorial level.
Discussions with the provinces have begun and we should have a parallel
conversation in the community.  There is an Australian regional census and a
US state level version is currently under development.  Some additional
background may be found here http://census.okfn.org/ 


The first task is to define the top twenty data sets - the OK UK version has
a set of default data sets and we need to come up with the made in Canada
version of this.  Relevant datasets for an open data census could be viewed
from several perspectives:

*	Transparency and Accountability;
*	Demand driven; and
*	Societal value.

Yes, I've chatted with Herb and the prior top 10/20 should obviously be a
consideration for this project.


As I've been told, there is no magic formula to define what datasets we
should be looking at.  As such, I've started a Google Group that's open to
all to contribute their thoughts and suggestions
data-census  .  As always, I'd love to hear from anyone who would like to
assist in moving this initiative forward.




Jury Konga, Local Open Data Census Lead

Open Knowledge Canada 


Tel          (905)640-7377

Cell         (647)393-8045

Twtr       @jkonga

Skype    jury.konga



Stouffville, Ontario. Canada


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