New Open Data portal launches

February 18, 2014

Governments have a great deal of information, and today, Strathcona County is pleased to launch an Open Data portal to share some of its municipal data in an easily accessible and freely available way.

Open Data makes certain data available through an online platform with no restrictions or fees to access, use or reuse the data. The data is provided in machine-readable formats that can be transformed into useful products and services such as web and mobile applications, customized for research and analysis, or repurposed for new solutions and improvements. Apps for transit services, interactive maps of walking or art tours, market research or operational analysis are some examples.

Over 35 datasets, mainly rich geo-spatial information, are currently available in the County’s Open Data catalogue, including data such as amenities, ward boundaries, pathways and census data.

”Citizens, software developers, researchers, anyone is free to use the data and we invite individuals and organizations to take look at our new portal.” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “We certainly look forward to seeing how others may further add value to the information, and to the possibilities that can benefit us all.”

Mayor Carr adds, “This data is the public’s information. Opening it up for easy and direct public access is important in this information age. It’s a time when governments are recognizing, more and more, the value and the responsibility to be open, transparent and collaborative.”

Over the past five years, governments around the world have begun to make their data available through Open Data. Benefits have included helping to spur innovation and new start-up businesses, increased internal efficiencies, as well as the overarching goal to provide more transparency and access to information toward increased citizen engagement.

While the County is releasing public information, no personal or private information would be released in Open Data.

More information and access to the Open Data portal.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contacts:
Roxanne Carr, Mayor, 780-464-8000
Rob Schneider, Director, Information Technology Services, 780- 464-8052