Winnipeg in the top three on the 2020 North American Open Cities Index

The index gauges the level of openness of Canadian cities

Map from Open Data showing information on Winnipeg Transit Bus Pass-ups
Open Data information on Winnipeg Transit Bus Pass ups.

The City of Winnipeg’s commitment to greater openness and transparency can be seen in the latest rankings on the Public Sector Digest’s Open Cities Index.

Winnipeg has been ranked third on the 2020 index that gauges the level of openness of North American cities by analyzing the state of municipal open data programs. In 2019, the City ranked second on a similar index ranking only Canadian cities.

“The Open Cities Index has served our blueprint for building our open data program,” said Andrew Burton, the City’s Coordinator of Data Services.

Open data is information that is widely available in a format that can be read by a computer and is made available for anyone to use, transform, or republish without restriction. Open data operates under the principle that the data gathered on behalf of the people belongs to the people.

The City released 23 new datasets throughout 2019 and can be found on the City’s Open Data Portal.  In all, more than 140 datasets have been made available.

Screen Capture of the City's Open Capital Projects Dashboard, displaying schedule and cost variance for capital projects.
The Open Capital Projects Dashboard, displaying schedule and cost variance for capital projects.

The datasets allow residents to find out everything from what kind of tree is on their boulevard to the on-time performance of Winnipeg Transit. The Open Capital Projects Dashboard is also powered by open data showing the status of capital projects with budgets of $5 million or more.

The practice of providing open data must respect all legislation and regulations regarding freedom of information and protection of privacy.

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