Canadian Most Wanted Municipal Datasets - May 2014

September 3, 2014

In May 2014 the Canadian open data community year put their heads together to come up with a list of 

desired open data datasets. Herb Lainchbury, president of the Open Data Society of BC led the effort by:

● consulting with open data enthusiasts on the Civicaccess.ca list to narrow it down and refine it;

● creating an online survey;

● soliciting people across the country to vote on it;

● and then sharing the survey results.

The final list is as follows:

1. Rezoning permit applications

2. Land use changes

3. Financial data (revenue, expenses, liabilities, equity, etc..)

4. Locations of things (fire hydrants, drinking water fountains, public toilets, bike parking, ...)

5. Transit data

6. Development permit applications

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7. Crime information

8. Road construction (511 data)

9. Political financing

10. Real time traffic flow data and daily road usage patterns

With #1 being the most desired.