Town of Oakville releases 21 new datasets

Election results, cycle ways, recreation schedules and financial data now part of data catalogue

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Town of Oakville releases 21 new datasets
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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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As part of a one-year pilot project to explore the opportunities created by providing online access to town data, the Town of Oakville recently made 21 new datasets available through its open data catalogue, including highly-requested data on recreation schedules, financial data and election results.

“Open data can be transformed into winning ideas, services and applications that can make a difference in people’s lives,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “By providing access to town data, we are encouraging innovation and collaboration, and supporting new business development.”

The town has released 36 datasets to date with more planned over the coming months.

“We are really pleased to continue to grow our open data catalogue,” said Jane Courtemanche, director of Strategy, Policy and Communications for the Town of Oakville. “Early public engagement helped us identify what types of data developers and researchers wanted most and we were able to include many of those in our latest release.”

Public engagement will continue to be an important part of the pilot project. Silicon Halton, in partnership with the town, is hosting a meetup with developers and researchers on September 9 to brainstorm opportunities. Visit siliconhalton.com for event details and to sign up. In the meantime, residents can join the conversation on Twitter at @openoakville or sign up for the project’s RSS feed.

Open data is defined as information that is available in a format that can be read by a computer, and is made available for anyone to use, transform or republish without restriction. Online access to the town’s data was a key recommendation of a recent online services review.

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