Newsletter: Summer 2017
Get involved in the conversation with our municipal partners, citizens, and staff. On our blog you will find all of our latest news and innovations.
An environmental-scan (e-scan) and gap analysis of Smart City practices and strategies at the Cities of Montreal, Ottawa, Guelph, and Edmonton disentangles the web of digital media to elucidate how these cities imagine and deploy their vision of a Smart City.
In our role as Open Data Charter Stewards and in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded research partnership, Geothink, we researched the potential benefits and challenges to Canadian provinces and municipalities in adopting the Open Data Charter.
Established in 2011, OpenNorth is Canada’s leading open data non-profit organization, committed to promoting government transparency and accountability, and public participation in democracy. In our role as Open Data Charter Stewards, and in collaboration with the research partnership, Geothink, we are researching the potential benefits and challenges to Canadian provinces and municipalities adopting the ODC.
Worldwide, open data is helping to fight corruption, to increase government efficiency, and to grow sectors of the economy, and early research hints that it can also play an important role in making our cities more resilient.
It may have been the hottest summer recorded in years, but that didn’t stop the Open North team from participating in a number of innovative initiatives over the last few months. Check out what we’ve been up to and what’s to come:
As it does every two years, the Government of Canada released its open government action plan, the third of its kind so far. And yet, for many of the millions of engaged Canadians across the country, the existence of this plan remains unknown to them.
Community – it’s one of the foundational pillars of our vision for better and more open democracy.
When Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) approached Open North a few months ago to conduct an assessment of their open data strategy, we were thrilled to say the least. Indeed, the timing could not have been better for such a research project.
As always, the Open North crew has been out and about in the world getting the word out about Citizen Budget, our powerful online budget simulator. For the fourth time now, we took part in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference Trade Show, where Citizen Budget is always highly...
Our new service offering is called Open Cities Strategies. Based on international best practices and the newest trends in open data assessment methodologies and maturity modelling, Open North will evaluate your needs and support your open data programs on a range of topics.
Cities across Canada are committing more than ever to implementing open data infrastructure and policies, which in turn means they now have a greater need for strategic planning and tactical support in order to draw the full benefits of open data.
The Open Government Partnership, which was initially founded to encourage the inclusive development and implementation of open government plans, is becoming an umbrella network for both governments and parliaments, offering up principles, mechanisms, and guidelines for both institutions.
In case you missed either report, over the last year OpenNorth has quietly put out an inventory of open data globally and, in a separate report, recommended baseline international standards for open data catalogs. The first report is entitled Gaps and opportunities for standardization in OGP members’ open data catalogs while the second is entitled Identifying recommended standards and best practices for open data.
We’ve had a busy Fall! Here’s a quick update about some of the things that we’ve been working on and what’s coming up this winter:
The citizens of Saint-Basile-le-Grand are voting this week - not to elect representatives but to choose which of their 11 projects their council will build - a radical exercise in direct democracy. The town is one of the first in Quebec to allow its citizens to put forward project proposals and vote directly on which one of those will get funded.