City’s new portal makes accessing data sets easier

Guelph, Ont., March 4, 2016 – The City of Guelph is celebrating Open Data Day 2016 by launching Guelph’s new online open data portal with 32 data sets covering areas such as transportation, solid waste and parks.

The portal is an interactive public data management system. Residents can view the raw data sets through built-in maps to easily understand the information.

By releasing its data through the portal, the City is able to increase transparency while encouraging the public to share and reuse the information helping to drive the creation of services that deliver value for citizens. In 2014 and 2015 the City’s Hackaton participants used open data sets to develop applications such as the waste sorting app which is available on open.guelph.ca.

“The open data portal is an important step forward in building Open Guelph, which is our way to modernize the services we provide to citizens to ensure a great civic experience,” says Andy Best, open government program manager. “This new tool allows insights to be drawn from data sets by citizens. These data sets provide important information about our City and the services we provide, and it is vital that it be accessible to all.”

This is only the beginning of Guelph’s drive towards open data. While the City will continue to add new data sets, requests for new data sets can also be made through the Request a Dataset function on the portal. Where possible, the requested information will be posted. Data sets will not be posted if doing so would violate the protection of information for confidentiality or privacy reasons.

As the City continues to open itself up to the public, the open data portal is also expected to evolve into a community data platform, hosting information generated and supplied by businesses and other organizations, further increasing the value to the community of the open data portal as a comprehensive local tool.

To access the City’ open data portal, visit data.open.guelph.ca.

What is Open Data Day?

Open Data day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. In 2014 and 2015, the City hosted Hackathons to support the development of applications to address community issues.

Resources

Open Knowledge – Open Data Day
Open Knowledge – Open Data
Government of Canada – Open Data 101

For more information

Andy Best, Open Government Program Manager
Intergovernmental Relations, Policy and Open Government, Office of the CAO
519-822-1260 extension 3418
andy.best@guelph.ca