Edmonton named Canada’s most open municipality again

The City of Edmonton's Citizen Dashboard, part of the Open City Initiative. Credit: City of Edmonton

For the second year in a row, the City of Edmonton was named the most open city in the country. The Public Sector Digest ranked 68 municipalities.

Edmonton received a score of 98 per cent overall for its open data program. The Open Data Plan and Open Data Policy, training and open data hackathons are just some of the ways Edmonton is expanding its open data initiative and making it more accessible.

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“This is great news for Edmonton,” Wendy Gnenz, branch manager for Open City and Innovation, said. “It recognizes the significant effort the city is putting into open government and open data. It encourages our ongoing commitment to transparent, inclusive and collaborative operational practices aimed at enhancing services to Edmontonians.”

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Projects like Open Data, Open Information and the Citizen Dashboard have made Edmonton a leader in open data. It has shared information in easy-to-read ways about everything from 311 complaints to snow clearing to traffic.

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Anyone can access statistics and information about Edmonton’s crime rates, traffic disruptions, historical buildings, construction projects, rainfall totals, even trees (mapped by species) and city-maintained sandboxes.

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Edmonton won the Public Sector Digest honour last year. It also won the 2015 Canadian Open Data Award.

In this year’s open data rankings, Edmonton was followed by Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Surrey, Strathcona County and Vancouver. Ottawa and Quebec City rounded out the top 10.

Strathcona County moved up three spots to sixth place in the 2016 index. The community, just east of Edmonton, also received the Small City, Big Impact award for earning the highest position in this year’s ranking among cities with a population under 100,000.

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