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Thoughts on focus group research from OpenNorth’s Applied Research Lab.
In March 2019, OpenNorth attended the Rencontres nationales de la participation in Grenoble, France.
The case for structured data collection and management for more transparent public consultation
A workshop for representatives of Montréal’s 19 boroughs to discuss data needs for spatial analysis and functionality requirements for a potential online GIS platform.
As December comes to a close after an exciting year, I would like to thank everyone at OpenNorth and all of our partners, board members, and collaborators.
OpenNorth recently had the privilege of delivering a day-long workshop in Halifax on effective data management practices to an engaged group of individuals who work in the field of homelessness service provision (such as homeless shelters and outreach centres). OpenNorth’s workshop was a part of a greater two-day long workshop...
Post two in this series tackles the “Open Data rabbit hole.” This post follows the first in the series in discussing some of the challenges the open data field is facing.
A little over a year ago, a team of experts and researchers set out to demystify what shapes smart cities in Canada and what defines an Open Smart City. Since then, the Open Smart Cities in Canada project has reviewed smart city definitions, visions, governance structures, strategies, reports, components, standards,...
Ever heard of food deserts? (Those locales where the choices to eat our minimum or non-existent.) This post tackles the notion of an open data desert. Researchers, practitioners, and a civil society organisations often can not find specific datasets or information needed to fulfil their needs.
A warm welcome and introduction to our new Office Manager, Jackie, and Applied Research Analyst for Urban Development, Robin Basalaev-Binder.
The first in an ongoing series, this post investigates the role open data plays in democracy. Transparency, freedom from disruption and participation in policy making are all advanced by open data and will continue to be in the future.
A roundup of OpenNorth’s latest webinars. Be sure to watch these in our webinar archive.
While AI may make cities’ planning and governance more efficient, it needs to be regulated to ensure it complies with legal rights and protections.
The upcoming CodeAcross hackathons held in Toronto and Calgary were civic hackathons that bring together the open data community, civic tech practitioners and government innovators.
The Open Data Institute (UK) launched their new R&D programme to advance data innovation, framed under six themes. We were selected as one Canadian organization among a group of organizations, including W3C, Porism, Open Data Services Coop, to undertake documentation of our respective experiences in creating or maintaining data standards.
We led the way in budget engagement in 2017 with Citizen Budget. Over 100 cities from 1,000 to 1 million inhabitants in size have used the online platform to boost and broaden their budget engagement.
As private and public bodies become digitally connected, we need data standards to allow technologies to be shared across systems and jurisdictions.
Do smart cities increase the speed and opacity of government decision making, while control over the tools and processes remain outside of government? This post examines three problematic factors: Speed, opacity, and outsourcing.