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Engaging the Public on Open Data

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Engaging the Public on Open Data

Ontario the First Province in Canada to Create Data Inventory for Public Input

As part of its Open Government initiative, Ontario is launching an online inventory of government data sets for the public to vote on.

The provincial government collects and generates vast amounts of data on topics like traffic, student achievement and healthcare wait times. This new voting tool will:

  • Let the people of Ontario determine what data sets they want the government to make public first;
  • Help focus the government's efforts and resources by prioritizing the release of data.

Creating a more open and transparent government is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.  

Quick Facts

  • The global firm McKinsey & Company estimates that open data can help generate more than $3 trillion a year in key sectors of the global economy.
  • More than 1,000 data set titles and descriptions are captured in the inventory, which will continue to grow as more data sets are identified.
  • Public voting on the data inventory will help to enhance the province’s open data catalogue, which was launched in November 2012 and has more than 170 data sets.
  • Data sets, which protect privacy, security and confidentiality, are published in an accessible format that can be easily analyzed.

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“Open data has the power to spur innovative ideas that will encourage economic growth and help people in their everyday lives. Our Open Government initiative is about increasing public input into government decision-making, including how we open up Ontario’s data.”

John Milloy

Minister of Government Services

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