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We want to hear from you.

As part of the City of Ottawa's Smart City 2.0 Strategy, Open Ottawa engages people like you, members of our community to build data solutions -- together -- to make Ottawa better. The City is using digital channels to:

  • Listen to you,
  • Understand your data needs,
  • Learn how you are using data to solve civic issues, and
  • Get your insights on the usability and inclusiveness of our website.

The City looks forward to hearing from you in the Ideas Section below. Take our quick poll on your favourite data types and check out the stories in the News Feed. All of the feedback on this site is publicly posted as our goal is to deliver open and transparent stakeholder engagement.

We want to hear from you.

As part of the City of Ottawa's Smart City 2.0 Strategy, Open Ottawa engages people like you, members of our community to build data solutions -- together -- to make Ottawa better. The City is using digital channels to:

  • Listen to you,
  • Understand your data needs,
  • Learn how you are using data to solve civic issues, and
  • Get your insights on the usability and inclusiveness of our website.

The City looks forward to hearing from you in the Ideas Section below. Take our quick poll on your favourite data types and check out the stories in the News Feed. All of the feedback on this site is publicly posted as our goal is to deliver open and transparent stakeholder engagement.

  • Open data platform "open.ottawa.ca" transitioning into production

    about 2 months ago
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    Hello Open Data Community,

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for all the time and effort you have put in to share your thoughts on how we can improve our City’s Open Data offering. In April, we started our pilot on a new Open Data platform, open.ottawa.ca, leveraging ESRI ArcGIS to make it easier for people to interact with their data. We received more than 50 ideas from the community on every aspect, ranging from recommended datasets to simplified URLS to formatting changes to make data more easily searchable. Many of these have been implemented or...


    Hello Open Data Community,

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for all the time and effort you have put in to share your thoughts on how we can improve our City’s Open Data offering. In April, we started our pilot on a new Open Data platform, open.ottawa.ca, leveraging ESRI ArcGIS to make it easier for people to interact with their data. We received more than 50 ideas from the community on every aspect, ranging from recommended datasets to simplified URLS to formatting changes to make data more easily searchable. Many of these have been implemented or uploaded and we are continuing to work towards using your ideas to improve the City’s Open Data catalogue.

    Going forward, open.ottawa.ca, will be the source for the City’s Open Data. We have migrated all our data over from the old CKAN platform and in many cases improved or clarified the metadata associated with it to make it more consumable for residents. If there is any data set that you were previously working with on the old site that you either cannot find on the new site or is no longer working appropriately for your use, please let us know and we’ll work to get you what you need.

    Thanks,

    Open Data Team

  • Open Ottawa Data Portal

    7 months ago
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    The City of Ottawa released a beta version of the new Open Data portal, Open Ottawa on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 as part of a Smart City Update to the Ottawa Civic Tech group.

    This updated portal provides residents and businesses greater access to the City’s open data catalogue and is intended to make it easier for members of the the public to learn about City services and programs through digital storyboards and interactive maps.

    As part of the beta testing of the new open data portal, the City will use the online engagement platform, Engage Ottawa, to collaborate with...


    The City of Ottawa released a beta version of the new Open Data portal, Open Ottawa on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 as part of a Smart City Update to the Ottawa Civic Tech group.

    This updated portal provides residents and businesses greater access to the City’s open data catalogue and is intended to make it easier for members of the the public to learn about City services and programs through digital storyboards and interactive maps.

    As part of the beta testing of the new open data portal, the City will use the online engagement platform, Engage Ottawa, to collaborate with the community. The goal is to better understand their data needs, learn how they are using the data, and receive feedback on the overall usability of the portal. We encourage residents of Ottawa to try out the new tools and take part in the engagement opportunities so that together we can contribute to make Ottawa an even smarter city.

  • Carleton University's Annual Data Day – Celebrating the latest developments in Data & Analytics

    8 months ago
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    For the third year in a row, staff from the City of Ottawa attended Carleton University's annual Data Day. The event this year took place on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 and was held in the atrium in Richcraft Hall on the campus of Carleton University. This free event celebrates the latest developments in data science and analytics research within Carleton University, the local community, and Canada.

    The event included presentations by Carleton researchers, government and industry experts, keynote addresses, and panel discussions. Presentation topics included artificial intelligence (AI) for public good, research opportunities, stories from local start-up companies and...


    For the third year in a row, staff from the City of Ottawa attended Carleton University's annual Data Day. The event this year took place on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 and was held in the atrium in Richcraft Hall on the campus of Carleton University. This free event celebrates the latest developments in data science and analytics research within Carleton University, the local community, and Canada.

    The event included presentations by Carleton researchers, government and industry experts, keynote addresses, and panel discussions. Presentation topics included artificial intelligence (AI) for public good, research opportunities, stories from local start-up companies and the future of data for the next decade.

    In addition, there was a “speed networking” session where City staff met and networked with Carleton students and professors to discuss possible research and class study partnerships. These conversations help identify potential use cases and what data they would need from the City.

    Service Innovation & Performance Department (SIPD) and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff had a table at the event to showcase projects related to the City of Ottawa’s Smart City 2.0 – Digital Services Strategy. Students, professors, government officials and industry professionals enjoyed learning more about the Digital Services, Strategy, Open Data program, Mobile App, Open311 application program interface (API), augmented reality, and ways to connect with the City. The event also provided the opportunity to promote the City as an employer of choice. City staff talked with the students about co-op placements and various careers they could have at the City.