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York Regional Council Approves Open Data Program

October 1, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
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After a one-year pilot project, York Regional Council today approved an Open Data program for The Regional Municipality of York. Open Data refers to the release of data maintained by government without charge, through on-line catalogues to the community and private sector, so it can be used in new and innovative ways.  Making authoritative government data available enables private sector businesses to add value to it, rather than trying to duplicate it, which reduces their costs and helps them grow. Within government, Open Data reduces the staff effort and associated costs in distributing data and administering data licenses.  York Region is building on the best practices of other jurisdictions. The Region set-up a pilot Open Data site in 2012 to determine resourcing, benefits, risks and to develop recommendations on how to move forward. More than 2,500 downloads have occurred, showing strong demand for information exists. The new program includes a guiding set of principles, an Open Data license and a process for publishing data.

For more information, visit the York Region Open Data website at or call 905-830-4444, ext. 1546.