There is an international trend requesting access to open data. That is good. Open data helps organizations, companies and governments to create an environment of trust. There is a guide for open government data which is written by W3C.
Open Data and Licenses
To really promote open data, it is necessary to use the appropriate licence. Glen Newton looked at the licenses of different data sets published by canadian cities. The terms of the licenses are too restrictive. It is important to ensure that people will be able to use the data freely. There are many ways of achieving that. One of them is using creative commons licenses. It enables people to reuse the data in many circumstances keeping the attribution credits.
Open Data in Canada
What about Canada? Not that bad. Many initiatives push in the right direction. Governments (federal and local), cities as well as civic organizations are publishing data. Often the licenses are not the right ones, but that can be fixed.
- Info Source Canada Gov
- Open Data Edmonton
- Open Data Nanaimo
- Open Data Ottawa See also Ottawa Data – open data ottawa blog – opendata apps directory
- Open Data Toronto
- Open Data Vancouver
- Open Data Links Canada
- Open Ottawa (Civic Organization)
- Canadian Gov data by citizens
And Montréal. There are whispers of interests. But I do not know of any concrete initiatives yet. Have you heard something? How do we encourage Montreal city to share the data?
Update 2010-08-09 : See the comment. Montreal Ouvert (Open Montreal) has opened a Web site. That is an excellent news.