Our Most Recent Accomplishment: The Federated Open Data Search Pilot

This summer, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada launched the Federated Open Data Search Pilot Project. This project is a collaboration between our two programs that is fostering the creation of a federated open data search capability. This ‘federation’ (a simultaneous search of multiple resources) means that visitors to the open data […]



From vision, determination and rolling up of sleeves: eco-data now on Open Data Portal

At the end of August, the department’s rangeland management team made 65+ years of ecological data available on the Government of Alberta’s Open Data Portal. It’s a significant step on the path toward making the data the government collects more readily available to anyone who needs it. “The real advantage is that anyone can find […]



Alberta Open Data: Sole-Source Service Contracts

The Government of Alberta Sole-Source Service Contract database provides information on sole-source service contracts of $10,000 or more made by Government of Alberta departments. The database has recently been updated with an additional 213 contracts with start dates on or before December 31, 2017. Government of Alberta sole-source service contract data is also available in […]



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 […]