Ottawa announces second action plan on open data

The Harper government will issue a new order exhorting federal bureaucrats to maximize their efforts to release eligible government data to the public for creating apps if proposals issued Thursday are approved. The

Published on: October 9th, 2014 Howard Solomon

UK chooses ODF format for saving electronic documents

Governments have a certain amount of power when it comes to setting IT standards. The bigger the government the more likely it wants things narrowed down. And the bigger they are the more muscle they

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

How Dutch bureaucrats created a national intranet

A number of governments around the world -- including various levels in Canada -- are embracing open data, filling up Web sites with links to hundreds of datasets that, hopefully, can be repurposed.

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

This is the kind of data scientist CIOs should get to know

It’s one of Hilary Mason’s favourite photographs from a slide presentation she uses to explain the idea of “data superpowers.” It shows President Barak Obama on the campaign trail, speaking to an audience

Published on: April 22nd, 2014 Shane Schick

Ontario puts open data sets to an online vote: Here are three that CIOs should support

The federal government held a hackathon to drive interest in its open data program, but the province of Ontario will take an even more radical step with an ongoing, online voting process to

Published on: April 15th, 2014 Shane Schick

Digital economy strategy promises Canada will be “among world leaders”

The federal government has finally released its long-promised national digital economy strategy, one that promises that Canada "will rank among world leaders in adopting digital technologies." Industry Minister James Moore unveiled the policy this

Published on: April 4th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Treasury Board has 15 apps that prove its open data strategy is working

No matter who wins the $25,000 prize, Canada’s federal CIO believes the recent Canadian Open Data Experience competition reflects a shift in how the public sector collects, manages and shares information for the

Published on: March 25th, 2014 Shane Schick

Californians can rate state on issues with digital report card

There are increasing calls for governments to use better technology to help listen to citizens. Whether its the open government or open data movements, industry experts believe the Internet, smart phones and access

Published on: March 6th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Feds help fund $6 million Canadian open data agency

Ottawa and the private sector are putting a combined $6 million into an independent agency to “realize the full potential” of open data from Canadian governments. The Open Data Institute was announced this

Published on: February 13th, 2014 Howard Solomon