Data.gc.ca is one of Canada's twelve commitments.
Open Government Licence
The new Open Government Licence provides for unrestricted commercial and non-commercial re-use of Government information and data.
Before the adoption of the new Licence, users were required to wade through lengthy legal language to understand what rights were granted to them. With the new Licence, the rights granted to users are clear, concise, and in plain language. Moreover, as the Licence is adopted by other Canadian jurisdictions, users will have one set of common conditions for the use and re-use of Canadian data from all levels of government.
The Open Government Licence is a key pillar to a pan-Canadian approach to Open Data. The provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia are also adopting the Open Government Licence. Other jurisdictions and municipalities are encouraged to adopt the Licence. The Open Government Licence is one of the foundational commitments under Canada's Action Plan on Open Government.June 18, 2013
CANADA'S COMMITMENT TO OPEN GOVERNMENT, OPEN DATA, AND THE G8 CHARTER
The Government of Canada has made Open Government and Open Data activities a priority to promote innovation and growth. Canada joined the Open Government Partnership in 2012, and presented its Open Government Action Plan, which highlights several Open Data initiatives, and presents a comprehensive strategy with twelve concrete commitments.
The Government of Canada's efforts to foster greater openness and accountability, to strengthen the Democratic Reform agenda and to spur entrepreneurship and economic progress are part of the worldwide movement toward greater transparency in government.
This year, the G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, addressed Open Data and Open Government as key themes. Open Data drives innovation, economic opportunity, and deeper democratic engagement worldwide, while ensuring that governments are held accountable by their citizens.
Today, Canada plays a leadership role in the growing Open Data movement around the world. The G8 Summit provides an opportunity to build on Canada's work with partners, including the UK and the US, to develop common open data standards and tools, and to shape a shared agenda on open data within the G8 and the broader international community.
The launch of the Government of Canada's next-generation data.gc.ca (the Open Data Portal) and the new Open Government Licence are products of this kind of collaboration with partner countries, and are important contributions to international best practices on how to make data open and accessible.
The launch also coincides with today's endorsement of a common Open Data Charter by Canada and the other G8 member countries. The Charter commits Canada to implement five foundational open data principles and international best practices by the end of 2015.
The Open Data Charter commits G8 member countries to a set of norms and standards with the aim of making data more open and accessible.
These commitments will also allow the G8 to help forge common approaches for the comparability of key data among member countries and the international community.
The principles are:
-- Open Data by Default - foster expectations that government data be published openly;-- Quantity and Quality - release quality, timely and well described open data;-- Useable by All - release as much data in as many open formats as possible;-- Releasing Data for Improved Governance - share expertise and be transparent about data collection, standards and publishing processes; and-- Releasing Data for Innovation - consult with users and empower future generations of innovators.