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Open Cities Index


The Open Cities Index (OCI) was developed by PSD in partnership with Canada's Open Data Exchange (ODX) as an appraisal framework to gauge the level of openness in cities across Canada. The OCI serves to audit existing open data initiatives at municipalities and allows participating organizations to compare themselves against their peer groups and track their openness over time based on specific dataset classifications.

The OCI gives participating cities access to a number of tools and services that can be used to further develop open data initiatives, ensure they are supported in the future and allow for collaborative developments in open government across Canada. 



The 2016 Open Cities Index results have now been published, featuring a brand new Top 20 Open Cities list. See the full report here

The inaugural Open Cities Index report was published in 2015, highlighting Canada's Top Ten most open communities. See the full report here


July 10th, 2017 Launch of 2017 Open Cities Index Survey 

September 8th, 2017 Deadline for the 2017 Open Cities Index Survey

October 2nd, 2017 Launch of the 2017 Open Cities Index Results



The Open Cities Index Virtual Round Table Series brings together Canada's municipal open data leaders and innovators for quarterly discussions of open data challenges, solutions, and best practices. In advance of each session, PSD will publish a report focusing on an issue related to the advancement of municipal open data initiatives. Round Table participants will have the opportunity to discuss the report, how the findings and recommendations apply to their respective initiatives, and what further research would benefit their work.

2016-17 Open Cities Index Virtual Round Table Series Schedule

Session 1) info [at] publicsectordigest [dot] com (subject: OCI%20Round%20Table%20-%20Nov%2024%2F16%20-%20Municipal%20Open%20Datasets%20, body: Request%20for%20information%3A%0A%0AName%3A%0A%0ATitle%3A%0A%0AOrganization%3A%0A%0AContact%20Information%3A%0A%0A%0ANature%20of%20request%3A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A) (Municipal Open Datasets: An Analysis of Data Accessibility )

 - Read the OCI REPORT here

November 24th, 2016 1pm ET with guest panelist Michael Chan, Business Development Manager, Canada's Open Data Exchange (ODX)

Session 2) Info [at] publicsectordigest [dot] com (subject: OCI%20Round%20Table%20-%20February%202017%20-%20Municipal%20Open%20Data%20Budgets%2C%20Resources%20%26%20Capacity, body: Request%20for%20information%0A%0AName%3A%0A%0ATitle%3A%0A%0AOrganization%3A%0A%0AContact%20Information%3A%0A%0ANature%20of%20your%20request%3A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A) (Municipal Open Data Budgets, Resources & Capacity )

 - Read the OCI REPORT here

February 16th, 2017 1pm ET with guest panelists Jean-Noe Landry, Executive Director, Open North and Dianne Adams, GIS Manager, City of Kitchener

Session 3) info [at] publicsectordigest [dot] com (subject: OCI%20Round%20Table%20-%20May%202017%20-%20Metrics%20%26%20Mechanisms%20to%20Measure%20the%20Impact%20of%20Open%20Data%20Initiatives, body: Request%20for%20Information%3A%0A%0AName%3A%0A%0ATitle%3A%0A%0AOrganization%3A%0A%0AContact%20information%3A%0A%0ANature%20of%20your%20request%3A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A) (Metrics & Mechanisms to Measure the Impact of Open Data Initiatives)

 - Read the OCI REPORT here

May 17th, 2017 1pm ET with guest panelists:

  • Michael Chan, Business Development Manager, Canada's Open Data Exchange (ODX)
  • John Chiappetta, Project Coordinator, Canada's Open Data Exchange (ODX)
  • Soumya Gosh, Director, Smart City, City of Edmonton
  • Fazal Husain, Director, Enterprise Solutions, City of Toronto
  • Jessica Rayes, Communications and Marketing Consultant, City of Toronto
  • Stephane Guidon, Open Data Chief Advisor, City of Montreal - Smart and Digital City Office


Session 4) info [at] publicsectordigest [dot] com (subject: OCi%20Round%20Table%20-%20September%202017%20-%20Models%20for%20Open%20Data%20Partnerships%20%26%20Collaboration, body: Request%20for%20information%0A%0AName%3A%0A%0ATitle%3A%0A%0AOrganization%3A%0A%0AContact%20Information%3A%0A%0ANature%20of%20your%20request%3A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A) (Models for Open Data Partnerships & Collaboration)

          October 18th, 2017 1pm ET

PSD and ODX invite you to join the Open Cities Index Virtual Round Table Series to share your open data experiences, learn from other practitioners across the country, and take the next step in advancing your municipality's open data initiative.

Please contact us to learn how you can participate in the Round Table Series.  




The Open Data Exchange                                       Socrata

The Edmonton Sun                                                  The Vancouver Sun

Metro News Toronto                                               Global News - Video

Strathcona County                                                   City of London

City of Surrey                                                            City of Windsor

Geothink                                                                    The Edmonton Journal

AM980                                                                       CanTech Letter

Tech Alliance                                                            Sherwood Park News




GO OPEN DATA Conference - GOOD17

GO Open Data (GOOD) is a community-driven annual conference by and for the open data community. Now in its fifth year, GOOD17 will be held on May 5th and 6th in London, Ontario hosted by the City of London and the Public Sector Digest.

We are very excited to be a conference partner with the Province of Ontario, the City of London, London Public Library and the broader open data community to bring this important event together for 2017. The theme for the this year is "Celebrating Canada at 150."

Participate in Ontario’s premier open data event, where attendees from the region and across Canada include: developers, educators, students, entrepreneurs, media, academia, citizens, municipal leaders and civil servents from a range of industries such as economic development, education, information technology, transportation, housing and more. 

Learn more here.