Find Socrata at Canada’s Premier Open Data Conference

October 28, 2018 7:32 am PST | Data as a Service

We’re looking forward to joining more than 300 data pros, policy advisors, and advocates at the Canadian Open Data Summit 2018 (CODS18), Nov. 7 to 9, in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The summit, now in its fifth year, consistently brings together Canada’s brightest data leaders. CODS18’s speakers and attendees include policy experts, data wonks, academics, private sector data analysts, and civic tech enthusiasts. They’ll discuss the open data movement’s roots: data governance, how data strengthens communities, and the power of data visualizations.


Edmonton, Alberta


Since launching its Socrata-powered portal in 2011, Edmonton, Alberta, has been hard at work. The city has added an interactive open budget site and a Citizen Dashboard, which showcases performance data on city services. It’s the 2016 Open Data Accessibility winner from the Canadian Open Data summit.

Sharing data publicly informs residents — and also opens the door to unexpected, creative engagement with governmental records. Using datasets on building reports dating back decades, Edmonton resident Eugene Chen created an animated map showing 100 years of development and city sprawl in six seconds.

Read more about Edmonton’s pioneering work in the open data movement.


Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island launched an open data portal with a focus on sharing water information.
Prince Edward Island launched an open data portal with a focus on sharing water information.

Recently, Prince Edward Island launched a new open data portal featuring datasets on everything from high capacity water wells to school enrollment totals. Many datasets on the portal focus on water, including drinking water quality and pesticide concentration rates in stream water.


Nova Scotia


The maritime province regularly updates its open data portal with new datasets, including details on reported cases of lyme disease, the volume of wine and beer produced by licensed operators, and survey results from a quarterly survey on residents’ perceived safety when walking alone at night.

Will you be attending CODS18? Please find us and say hello — we’d love to talk about how your organization’s using data.  And, follow along with our observations throughout the conference at #CODS18.

Having an open data program and publishing datasets is a good step — but it’s only the first step. Download 9 Ways to Evaluate Your Open Data Program to learn more.

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