Just over a year ago the Canadian Federal Government launched data.gc.ca (hyperlink). Their site attempts to bring together all the data sets accessible to the public from across the federal government ministries.
This was a big victory for us, as this was the ultimate goal of datadotgc.ca. As a result, we’ve decided to stop supporting datadotgc.ca.
For those of you who added data sets, helped out in other ways or were supportive of open data... thank you so much.
For those interested in furthering the cause of open data the best advice we now have is to both submit requests for data sets at data.gc.ca and, of course, to use the data and tell people about it. (Tell me[hyperlink to my email address], I’d love to know)
Thank you again,
David Eaves and the datadotgc.ca team.
Who were some of the people behind this site?
The development team involved a number of people including the good folks at Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, Luke Closs, and a number of fantastic coders from the Open Knowledge Foundation. There was also great help from people over at the Datadotgc.ca Google Group who helped scrape data, tested for bugs and were supportive in lots of nice ways.
This site was powered by Drupal and CKAN (the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network, which is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation). The interactive data tables & maps you see on some data sets are powered by Microsoft's open-source OGDI (Open Government Data Initiative).
Some other websites you might be interested in:
Canadian Open Government
- How'd They Vote?
- Data Libre: an open data advocacy site
- OpenParliament.ca: Keep tabs on Parliament with this great, easy-to-use site. See what your representatives are saying, and what laws they're proposing.
- Open Data Links: Aggregates information on Canadian open government data.
International Open Government
We took a lot of inspiration from these sites, who are doing phenomenal work beyond Canada's borders.