International Open Data Charter adopted

The charter calls for governments and organizations to make data freely available under a shared set of principles

September 30, 2020

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We have reaffirmed our commitment to open data by joining over 70 national and local governments in adopting the International Open Data Charter.

The charter calls for governments and organizations to make data freely available under a shared set of principles: open by default, timely and comprehensive, accessible and usable, comparable and interoperable, for improved governance and citizen engagement, and for inclusive development and innovation.

“The International Open Data Charter allows all stakeholders to engage with open data with a common set of expectations and understanding,” said Glen Cottick, the City’s Acting Director of Innovation and Technology Services.

In addition to promoting transparency, the shared principles can benefit adopters looking to maximize efficiency.

“If an app or service has been developed in one government using standardized data, other governments could leverage those ideas without additional development time and cost,” said Andrew Burton, the City’s Acting Coordinator of Data Services.

The Open Data Portal offers public insight into a wide range of City services and planning tools. Over 150 datasets are now available to be freely used, shared, and built on.

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