Open Data

Although the town’s Open Data pilot project has ended, we still welcome your ideas for making municipal data more open, transparent and accessible.

Let’s work together!

By using the datasets in our catalogue, we hope you’ll be inspired to develop innovative, interesting and user-friendly applications, as well as conduct data analysis that informs public research. We’ve released some of the data you suggested and are working on others.

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What types of data should the town make available for public use?

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  1. Customized Address Points Data

    It would be nice to export KML/KMZ data based of a specific region from Oakville Maps. That way we only download the data we want as opposed to all of Oakville

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      • Review other forums and look for linkages.

        Leverage citizen feedback from other forums like this one: http://oakville.uservoice.com/forums/192634-what-makes-oakville-livable-

        Look to see where data can help solve the challenges and aspirations that are being shared. Asked the question: "How can data make Oakville the most livable town in Canada".

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        • Location of active and proposed cell towers and other radio transmitters.

          Include transmitter power, owner, height, purpose of transmitter, years in service, etc.

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          • Tax Roll data (residential, commercial, industrial, etc) correlated with services consumed and population characteristics.

            Provide tax roll data (possibly with some aggregation to protect privacy) with details of Town (and Region) services consumed and welfare/social assistance along with consumption of electricity, water, etc. Consider including data from Police Crime Mapping database.

            Provide details of property taxes paid and outstanding.

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            • Think beyond data sets

              This is a good start and it's important as part of this exercise to have a dialogue about commercial opportunities for local businesses using and developing applications using Open Data.

              Also, important to look past what neighbouring municipalities are doing and cast the net wider. See where real-time open data initiatives are taking place in Europe.

              Give this article a read and you'll get a sense of where open data is heading: http://blog.programmableweb.com/2014/03/27/3-business-models-for-better-local-open-data-engagement/

              Chris Herbert, co-founder of Silicon Halton.

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              • 3 votes
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                • Business Intelligence

                  Provide updated information on the development of each business category in Oakville. Also show what measures were taken to create new work opportunities.

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                  • Fire Risk rate for buildings

                    A data model that could synthesize factors that are correlated to fires like age of buildings, electrical issues, number of sprinklers, elevators, and builds an algorithm that assigns each building with a risk score.

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                      • The Facilities’ Emissions of Health-Risk Air Pollutants data should be published in Excel format.

                        Thanks to the Health Protection Air Quality By-law 2010-035, Oakville published a PDF version of facilities' emissions of health-risk air pollutants (http://www.oakville.ca/assets/general%20-%20environment/HPAQBFacilityEmissions-2013Sep30.pdf). The data would be even more usable (and mappable) in an Excel format posted on the Open Data site. Thanks!

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                          • Transform emergency plan for wider use

                            The town emergency plan is written in bureaucratese, and is not usable as a quickly usable guide to who-does-what. Can the plan be made available in a different form?
                            http://www.oakville.ca/assets/general%20-%20residents/a2013EmergencyPlanPublic.pdf

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                            • Master list of permits and procedures

                              There are many policies and procedures used by the Town. See example http://www.oakville.ca/townhall/ms-per-004.html How can these be searched? Which are related to each other?

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                              • 4 votes
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                                • 4 votes
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                                  • 11 votes
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                                    • Strategy and Purpose

                                      This is a great idea!

                                      Coming at this from a strategic perspective, depending on how you view the scope of data, it can be quite an intimidating task to add to lists such as these without understanding what Oakville's strategy and purpose with respect to Open Data is.

                                      For example, the reason one of my clients did it was to empower their clients with visual data, almost without bounds with respect to how their clients could use it. The response was electrifying.

                                      I would love to have greater insight into Oakville's strategy in this respect, and the nature of the…

                                      7 votes
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                                      • Snow Clearing Data

                                        Clearing zones/routes

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                                        • Trails

                                          Walking trails

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