What is GO Open Data?

GO Open Data is a community-driven annual conference by and for the Ontario Open Data community. GO Open Data 2015 (#GOOD15) is being put together by a gang of believers from across Niagara Region and beyond – not only IT types, but bloggers, community and economic developers, city planners, civil servants and more.

Organizing Committee

GO Open Data 2015 was organized by a committee of passionate, exuberant and enthusiastic people, including representatives of the following organizations:

Open Knowledge Canada,  CoWork Niagara, Niagara Connects, Geospatial Niagara, Innovate Niagara, the Niagara Region, the City of St. Catharines, the City of Niagara Falls, the City of Welland, the Niagara Regional Police Service,  the Niagara Catholic District School Board, the District School Board of Niagara, Niagara College, Brock UniversityMake Web Not WarProvince of Ontario, and the Open Data Institute Toronto (ODI Toronto).

What is Open Data?

Based on the Open Definition, Open Data is:

Open data is machine-readable data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.

“If you’re wondering why it is so important to be clear about what open means and why this definition is used, there’s a simple answer: interoperability.

Interoperability denotes the ability of diverse systems and organizations to work together (inter-operate). In this case, it is the ability to interoperate – or intermix – different datasets.”

Here’s a good overview of municipal open data in this 3-minute video from the County of Grande Prairie, Alberta: