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PSD presents awards to Canada’s Most Open Cities at Open Data Summit

PSD presents awards to Canada’s Most Open Cities at Open Data Summit

Today in Niagara Falls, Ontario, PSD presented awards to five cities who have demonstrated excellence in open data work at the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS) 2018. Hosted by Niagara Connects and Niagara Open Data, CODS 2018 is a three-day conference dedicated to open data activities across Canada, including ethics of open data collection and enabling open data technology. PSD’s Open Cities Index (OCI) is Canada’s first benchmarking study for municipal open data initiatives. The Open Cities Index launched in 2015 as Canada’s first study to benchmark municipal open data initiatives across the country. The 2017 Open Cities Index included 61 municipalities and in November 2017, PSD released the Open Cities Index Results: 2017, providing an overview of the state of municipal open data programs in Canada.

The five awards presented at CODS include the Top Three ranked cities in the Open Cities Index, the Most Improved City, and the Highest Scoring Upper-Tier Municipality. Upper-tier local governments (counties and regions) have differing responsibilities and often more limited access to certain data sets compared to lower-tier or single-tier municipalities.

For the third year in a row, the City of Edmonton earned the top spot in the Open Cities Index ranking, claiming once again the title of “Canada’s Most Open City.” Claiming the second place ranking was the City of Toronto followed by the City of Winnipeg, who climbed seven positions from 10th in 2016 to third in 2017.

The City of Welland, Ontario, with a population of 52,293, earned the “Most Improved” accolade this year, climbing 37 spots in the ranking from 57th in 2016 to 20th in 2017. PSD also recognized the Regional Municipality of Niagara as the highest scoring upper-tier municipality in the 2017 ranking, rising from 14th to 9th this year.

Congratulations to all award winners!