The City of Ottawa is embracing and expanding our open government practices. Open government is about making records and data available to all residents, to improve openness and transparency.
We recently launched a new and improved open data site and continue to work with residents to identify what data sets users want to see. Currently, our site includes data about park locations, census information, public health inspections and more. In fact, there are 323 different data sets on the site.
Local governments are a natural place for open government practices. By being open, the City can better connect with residents and increase the number and diversity of people participating in conversations and local decisions.
Our efforts to make City data available has not gone unnoticed. In the latest rankings of Public Sector Digest’s Open Cities Index, Ottawa ranked third overall among 55 Canadian and US cities. That’s a definite improvement over our tenth-place ranking in the previous Index. Ottawa’s use of public engagement to grow our open data program was cited as one of the main reasons for our rise in the rankings.
Do you have any specific data you’d like to see? Share your thoughts with the Open Ottawa team.
This project is part of Ottawa’s Smart City 2.0 Strategy. We’re committed to making our operations and information more open and responsive to residents. Learn more about Ottawa’s Smart City Strategy.