Canada: The Government of Canada launched its pilot project for an Open Data Portal (data.gc.ca). The portal aims to enable citizens, researchers, private sector and non-government organisations to access government data free of charge. The portal will make large amounts of data accessible through a single window where application developers can reuse and leverage data for commercial or research purposes to benefit all Canadians in a variety of ways, according to Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
“We want to continue to make Canada one of the best places to do business by ensuring that Canadian entrepreneurs, researchers, academics and voluntary organizations have access to government data in useful formats to help foster innovation, job creation and community services for Canadians” he said.
The pilot portal will initially bring together more than 260,000 datasets from the following ten departments: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Citizenship and Immigration Canada; Environment Canada; Department of Finance Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Library and Archives Canada; Natural Resources Canada; Statistics Canada; Transport Canada; and the Treasury Board Secretariat.
The participating departments will continue to add datasets to the data catalogue throughout the pilot phase to increase the amount of information available to users. Feedback received during the 12-month pilot phase of the project will be consolidated and used to shape and support the enhancement of future portal services.
The Open Data Portal is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to drive innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians.