Observations and Reflections on the Past and Future of Open Government

After five years leading the Alberta Open Government Program, it is with mixed feelings that I am moving on to tackle other challenges within the Government of Alberta. And so here are my observations of the last five years and reflection on the challenges and opportunities as we look ahead to the next five. In […]



Open(ing) Government

We really like this article published in the Canadian journal Policy Options and written by Kent Aitken, who is currently the Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow at the Public Policy Forum, studying and advising on governance in the digital age. http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/august-2017/opening-government/ Kent does an excellent job of addressing the concept of open government and its […]



Alberta Open Government Program Wins Award at the 2017 Canadian Open Data Summit

Last month, the Alberta Open Government team attended this years’ Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS) hosted by the City of Edmonton at the Chateau Lacombe. Every year, CODS addresses the most pressing challenges facing the open data and open government communities. This year the themes were: Open Data and Analytics; Open Data Partnerships; and Crowdsourcing. […]



Alberta Legislation is now accessible through the Alberta Open Government Portal

Even more Alberta information is accessible, thanks to collaboration between Alberta Queen’s Printer and the Alberta Open Government Portal. Now, Albertans can search for electronic versions of laws and regulations enabling them to add context to the data and publications that are already in the portal. Note that similar to the Alberta Open Data licence, […]



New Datasets – Domestic Well Water Quality in Alberta – Trace Elements and Routine Chemistry

In rural Alberta, 90% of people use private well water supplies for domestic use (e.g. drinking, cooking, bathing or cleaning). Domestic well water systems are not regulated by either the provincial or federal governments. The Government of Alberta along with Alberta Health Services provides water chemistry testing of private well water. They also provide information […]