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November 2, 2009
New City website gives public access to City data
  
Mayor David Miller today launched the City of Toronto’s new open data website, www.toronto.ca/open as part of the OpenTO initiative. This website will enable the public to access and download City of Toronto data more easily, allowing it to be used freely by the public in a number of ways, including research or the development of new applications.

“Open data is the next step in the City’s continued effort to make our government open, accessible and transparent,” said Mayor Miller. “By opening up City data, we can be more accountable, allow in-depth analysis that will reveal important insights about Toronto and City services, and drive innovation through the development of new applications that help the public.”

Prior to launching the open data website the most common types of information requested from the City were for map data, client services, performance of service and events data. The launch of the open data website now means that datasets for apartment standards, the Toronto Address Repository, festivals and events, TTC route schedules, child care centres and a number of GIS map layers (e.g., Transit City, food banks, parks and Business Improvement Areas) will now be easier for the public to access. More datasets will become available in the future. Each new dataset will be reviewed to ensure that the privacy of the public is protected.

The City’s venture into open data goes beyond just posting datasets. Public engagement is vital to the success of the information exchange between the City and dataset users. The City wants to hear from users about the types of data they wish to see posted in the future and how the data could be made more useful.

Although there are no restrictions with obtaining or using the data, the City does have some terms of use by which users should abide. Where appropriate, users should credit the City of the uses of the datasets. Users should not wrongfully claim copyright or other proprietary interest in the datasets.

For more information on the City of Toronto’s open data website visit http://www.toronto.ca/open

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


Media contacts:
Ryan Merkley, Senior Advisor, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7136, rmerkley@toronto.ca
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, Finance and Administration, 416-392-4993, cbromley@toronto.ca
Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins, Communications & Marketing Consultant, 416-392-2708, nhinds@toronto.ca




 

 

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