The Government of Canada has a serious, ongoing movement towards providing more OpenData and Open Government. Part of the initiative is an ongoing OpenData pilot.An interesting move, particularly as the topic of OpenGov is always a hot one, particularly in BC’s Capital city!
About the pilot project… The Open Data Pilot is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to open government, which is being pursued along three streams: open data, open information and open dialogue, and aims to drive innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians. The Open Data Pilot seeks to improve the ability of the public to find, download and use Government of Canada data. You are invited to search the catalogue, download datasets and explore the possibilities of Open Data.
For more information on OpenData in Canada see http://www.open.gc.ca/index-eng.asp
Of interest, in Canada the OpenData initiative and policies are being carefully examined. Once contentious issue currently is the issue of the elimination of the Census long form questionnaire. The public is being consulted on the future efforts and this is being supported by a public consultation effort. See more Open Government PartnershipSee also details of the latest consultations.
See also the Open Government Advisory Panel http://www.open.gc.ca/open-ouvert/aop-apgo-eng.asp