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Designing an open data strategy for Public Sector organizations
The real value of data comes not just from its generation, but from its manipulation and analysis. By doing so, policymakers and commercial organizations can uncover insights that improve outcomes and yield financial benefits.
The public sector is at the forefront of change. Across Canada, federal, provincial and municipal governments and broader public sector organizations are beginning to develop and publish open data strategies that set out the steps to be taken to embed best practices around the collation, use and dissemination of public sector data.
This paper provides an overview of the importance of open data, highlights a number of examples of open data initiatives being pursued across the country and internationally, and discusses a number of the issues that need to be considered when starting to formulate an open data strategy.