Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The City of Calgary is more "open" than you might expect

Earlier this week, the Public Sector Digest ranked The City of Calgary among the top 10 “Open Cities” in Canada! The City scored top marks for demonstrating excellence in open data, but we’re not stopping there.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve access to our data for citizens” says Lisa Sierra, Manager of Innovation, Data, & External Access at The City of Calgary. “And we have a number of projects on the books for 2016 to enhance our open data program at The City.”

Open Data Projects:

1. An Open Data Strategy is currently in development, which will serve as a roadmap to further improve your accessibility to our data. The City's Digital Strategy (approved by Council in July 2014) will guide us along the way.

2. We've heard feedback from Calgarians that our Open Data Catalogue could use some improvements to the user experience, so that's exactly what we're doing. Platform upgrades are in the works and will allow users to better analyze and visualize data by the middle of this year.

3. There’s no better way to make use of open data than at a Hackathon! You're invited to our upcoming annual three-day competition (March 4-6, 2016) that pairs open data and local talent to create software solutions such as mobile apps, websites, and mapping products. Register now at

Fast facts about open data:
  • “Open data” refers to data that is made available for free, without restrictions (anyone can use it) and can be used for any purpose, including commercial use
  • The City of Calgary’s Open Data Catalogue first launched in 2010 to provide centralized and easy access to City data
  • Today, the Open Data Catalogue receives an average of 14,000 downloads and 7,000 unique visitors every month
  • 22 mobile apps have been created and brought to market using The City’s open data, and combined have over 750,000 downloads

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