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Canadian Open Data Community
Online communities across Canada are working at the national, provincial and local levels to promote open data and open government. Find a local group near you.
The following groups were active within a year of April 15, 2018.
- Data for Good Vancouver: Meetup
- OpenDataBC Vancouver: Meetup
- Vancouver Data: mailing list
Code for Canada Vancouver: Meetup(2016)
- CivicTechYYC: @CivicTechYYC
- Data for Good Calgary: @DataForGoodYYC, Meetup
- Open Calgary: @OpenCalgary
OpenHalton: @OpenHalton, mailing list(2013)
OpenHamilton: @OpenHamilton, mailing list(2016)
- Data for Good Ottawa
- Open Data Institute Ottawa: @ODI_Ottawa
- Open Data Ottawa: @OpenDataOttawa, mailing list, Meetup, Book Club
- Ottawa Civic Tech: @yowcivictech, Slack, Meetup
- Civic Tech Toronto: @CivicTechTO, Slack, Meetup
- Data for Good Toronto
- Open Data Institute Toronto: @oditoronto
- Open Toronto: Meetup, Book Club
DataTO: mailing list(2017)
- CivicTechWR: @CivicTechWR, Slack, Meetup
- Open Data Waterloo Region Book Club
Open Data Waterloo Region: @OpenDataWR, mailing list(2017)
- Data for Good Montréal
- MTLDATA: @mtldata, Slack, Meetup, Book Club
Montréal Ouvert(2014): mailing list
Format: Name (Website): Twitter, Slack, mailing list, Meetup, Book Club
Lobby for open data
- Code for America provides an open data playbook to help your local government get open. See also its 10 ways to collaborate with government.
- The Sunlight Foundation has a blog series on Reasons (Not) to Release Data, in which it collects and refutes the most common reasons not to release data.
Adopt open data
- The Sunlight Foundation's Open Data Policy Guidelines answer the question “What can or should an open data policy do?” with 32 provisions. See also its Procurement Open Data Guidelines to make the procurement process more transparent and its Open Meetings Recommendations.
- The Open Government Partnership's OpenGovGuide highlights “practical, measurable, specific and actionable steps” that governments can take to be more transparent, participative and accountable.
- The Sunlight Foundation's Municipal Lobbying Data Guidebook helps local policymakers create stronger lobbying disclosure.
- Socrata's Open Data Field Guide is “a comprehensive guide to ensuring your open data program serves you and your citizens.” See also the City of Philadelphia's Open Data Guidebook.
- The Open Knowledge Foundation's Open Data Commons is a set of legal tools to help you provide and use open data.
Use open data
- School of Data offers online courses and hands-on data expeditions, maintains an inventory of online tools and resources, and publishes a handbook.
- The Open Knowledge Foundation's Spending Data Handbook is for anyone who wants to use and understand government budgets and spending data in their work.
- Code Academy offers courses to help you use the open data available through the Sunlight Foundation APIs.
- The Data Journalism Handbook is an online book for anyone interested in data journalism. See also the Open Spending guide for journalists to follow the money.
Deploy civic applications
- mySociety has a series of guides on how to make a website for monitoring government, reporting problems or requesting information (more on the latter).
Learn more about open data
- The Open Knowledge Foundation's Open Data Handbook introduces the legal, social and technical aspects of open data.
- The Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information succinctly describe important criteria for open data.
- Ask questions and contribute answers to the Open Data Stack Exchange.
Open North sponsors OpenParliament.ca, a non-governmental website that makes it easier for citizens to access and track information from the Parliament of Canada. Open North welcomes contributions to its projects through GitHub or user groups: