Nanaimo, Grande Prairie Adopt Canadian Open Government Licence
July 30, 2013
Canadian municipalities have adopted the Canadian Open Government Licence, a
significant advancement for the publishing of open data by municipalities.
The moves by the City of Nanaimo, BC, and the County of Grande Prairie, Alberta,
users of their data, such as application programmers, can be assured that the data
can be used under the same legal framework as those applied by the governments
of Canada, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
is a really wonderful thing – it's revolutionized the way the County shares
information by making various, non-personal types of municipal information
accessible to the public any time, anywhere and free of charge online through
our Open Data Catalogue,” Natalia Madden, information systems manager of Grande
Prairie, said in a news release July 19.
information we share is not only valuable but can be applied in a number of
creative ways. Two or more data sources can be combined with a simple click of
the mouse creating a completely different set of information.”
The County's Open Data Catalogue is available at http://data.countygp.ab.ca . Information about the Canadian Open Government Licence and its terms and conditions is published at www.countygp.ab.ca/EN/main/community/maps-gis/open-data/open-data-license.html .
A growing number of municipalities across Canada have published a variety of data sets in
accessible formats since Nanaimo
initiated the practice in the mid-1990s.
Progress, however, has been hindered up to now by the lack of a standard
Without it, data and applications have only been
usable for practical purposes in the publishers' local areas.
government launched the next generation of its open data portal (
) and also announced a new
Open Government Licence.
It was developed
through public consultation and in collaboration with the Alberta,
BC and Ontario
following day, the Province
of British Columbia
published a version of the Open Government Licence, compatible with the federal
version but reflecting BC's privacy laws and jurisdiction.
The day after that, June 20, Nanaimo announced that
, is available under the same terms as the Pan-Canadian Open Government Licence.
"This is all about improving service for
Per Kristensen, director of
information technology for Nanaimo,
commented during a teleconference of the MISA/ASIM Canada Board of Directors on
"The objective is to make things consistent
across municipalities and all levels of government, to improve transparency and
operations and make it easy for developers and others to use the open data.”
Kristensen called upon all Canadian municipalities
publishing open data to adopt the same Canadian licence.
Kathryn Bulko of the City of Toronto,
president of MISA/ASIM Canada, pointed out that Canada has become the first country
in the world to have a standard open-data users' licence that applies to all
levels of government.