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1 Open Government and Information Management Roy Wiseman Executive Director, MISA/ASIM Canada CIO (Retired), Region of Peel

2 Open Government Defined Government of Canada defines Open Government as consisting of three streams Open Data: Offering government data in a more useful format to enable citizens, the private sector and non-government organizations to leverage it in innovative and value-added ways. Open Information: Proactively releasing information, including on government activities, to Canadians on an ongoing basis. Open Dialogue: Giving Canadians a stronger say in government policies and priorities and expanding engagement through web 2.0 technologies. Government of Ontario discusses Open Government as follows: For many in the high-tech sector, Open Government is about making government datasets available to the public, especially businesses. Datasets have growing commercial value and governments have huge numbers of them, on subjects ranging from weather to public health. In asking members of the public about Open Government, many were concerned about the level of secrecy within government. They feel too many decisions are made behind closed doors and the government should be more willing to release the documents that shape its thinking. In their view, Open Government is about transparency. Finally, there were others including stakeholders, advocates and concerned citizens who want to see democracy working better between elections. For them, an Open Government is one that is willing to engage them in a discussion on issues of concern. 2

3 Why Open Government? Open Data Open Information Open Dialogue Primary Benefits More Efficient Government Better Government Services Generate Economic Value Impact on GDP estimates range from 0.4% to 4.1% More Transparent Government Improved access to government information and research More Responsive Government Improved Policy Decisions Of Most Interest to Entrepreneurs App Developers App Users Journalists Political Activists Policy Advocates Researchers/Academics Informed and engaged citizens Interest groups/lobbyists

4 Open Government in Canada Government of Canada Open Data portal (2011), Open Government Partnership, Open Government Strategy (renewed), Open Government Licence (OGL) CODE hackathons; (http://open.canada.ca/en) Provinces and Territories Ontario Open Data Portal (2013), Open by Default Report; Draft Open Data Directive https://www.ontario.ca/page/open-government Four other Provincial/Territorial Open Data Portals (British Columbia (2012), Quebec, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador) Municipalities Compares to 40 of 50 US States At least 54 Municipal Open Data initiatives (20 in Ontario) 2009 (Nanaimo); G4 (Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver) in Guelph and others expand concept to include Open Government Includes 10 largest cities, 20 of 25 largest, and many smaller municipalities Compares to 46 US Cities and Counties on 4

5 Open Government: Canadian Ranking Despite our Governments Commitments Global Open Data Index, Open Knowledge Foundation Canada ranks 17th of 97 countries with an overall score of 55 per cent. Taiwan rates first at 78%, followed by UK and Denmark; US ranks 8 th We do well in maps, government budgets, procurement/tenders and national statistics; Poorly in gov t spending, company registry data, election results, land ownership Global Open Data Barometer, World Wide Web Foundation Canada ranks 8 th of 86 countries, with a score of 74.52% UK top at 100%, followed by US and Sweden. Global Right to Information Index (Centre for Law and Democracy) Canada ranks 58 th of 102 countries in analysis of ATI laws Leaders are Serbia, Slovenia and India; UK is 30 th, US 44th 5

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7 Newspapers Canada 2015 Freedom of Information Audit Grades Grades Speed of Complete- Speed of Complete- Municipalities Response ness Provinces/Territories Response ness Calgary A B Canada - Federal Gov't F C Charlottetown A D Edmonton C B Alberta C C Fredericton F D British Columbia F B Halifax A A Manitoba F C Hamilton D C New Brunswick F C Moncton A A Newfoundland and Labrador A A Montreal B C Northwest Territories B B Ottawa B D Nova Scotia C B Quebec City A B Nunavut D Regina A D Ontario B C Saint John C B Prince Edward Island A B Sasktatoon B C Quebec D D St. John's A B Saskatchewan A C Toronto D D Yukon B A Vancouver A B All Provincial C C Victoria B B Windsor A D Winnipeg A C All Municipal B C

8 Thank-you Roy Wiseman, CIO (Retired), Region of Peel Executive Director, MISA/ASIM Canada 8

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