Post Tagged with: "open government"

City Of Ottawa Launches Open Data Site

The City of Ottawa has launched a new open data site, releasing data sets on museums, pathways, outdoor rinks and other recreational facilities.  City council voted to support the principle of making all municipal data available to the public in accessible format.

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May 13, 2010 6 comments Must Reads

Open Government Moving in Parallel But Opposite Directions

Suzanne Legault, Canada’s Interim Information Commissioner, and Michael Mulley, a Montreal-based software programmer, may occupy different worlds, but my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that last week both placed an important spotlight on open and transparent government.

Legault is responsible for administering the Access to Information Act and last week her office warned that inadequate resources and lengthy delays were causing enormous damage to access to information rights in Canada. Legault released a 154-page report that gave below average or failing grades to the majority of the 24 government departments she reviewed. 

The implication of a broken access to information system extends to virtually every policy area.  For example, Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada typically lead on policies involving broadcasting and new media.  While Industry Canada received a solid "B" grade, handling a 93% increase in requests relatively smoothly, the first review for Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore’s department yielded an "F" grade. 

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April 19, 2010 4 comments Columns

Open Government Moving in Parallel But Opposite Directions

Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 19, 2010 as Open Government Moving in Parallel But Opposite Directions Suzanne Legault, Canada’s Interim Information Commissioner, and Michael Mulley, a Montreal-based software programmer, may occupy different worlds, but last week both placed an important spotlight on open and transparent government. Legault is […]

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April 19, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

OpenParliament.ca Launches

OpenParliament.ca, which provides a searchable Hansard, has launched.  The site also offers email alerts and feeds on any MP.

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April 13, 2010 4 comments Must Reads

Dutch Government Launches Public Domain Site for Gov Docs

The Dutch government has launched a new website that uses a public domain license as its default. The site will eventually replace all sites maintained by the government.

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April 1, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads