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City encourages wider use of open data, adopts Open Government Licence

September 24 2013

The Open Data Catalogue makes the City of Vancouver's vast amount of data publicly available online.

The City of Vancouver has adopted the Canadian Open Government Licence (OGL), significantly enhancing the City's open data program and marking progress on its Digital Strategy initiative to expand open data.

The OGL is simple and easy to understand, and allows open data to be combined from multiple providers. This is a major step towards encouraging wider use of open data and, in turn, delivering more value to the public.

Our primary goal for adopting the OGL is to enable users to access Vancouver's data under the same legal framework as other government agencies across Canada.

Vancouver joins the Government of Canada, Provinces of BC, Alberta, and Ontario, and the cities of Nanaimo, Edmonton, and Toronto in adopting the OGL.

The OGL was published by the federal government in June 2013 through public consultation and in collaboration with several provincial governments.

About the City's open data program

Vancouver launched its open data program in 2009 with the goal of enabling digital innovation, increasing transparency, and improving access to civic information. Since that time, we have published over 130 datasets on a range of topics, including financial, business, demographics, and geospatial. Vancouver is committed to continually improving its open data program.

Learn about the City's Digital Strategy

The Digital Strategy aims to enhance multidirectional digital connections between families like this one and business and government.

Digital Strategy

How we're enhancing digital engagement and access, improving digital infrastructure, and supporting the digital economy.