City of Regina Open Data
The City of Regina recognizes the public's right of access to City information and is committed to a transparent and accountable government.
The City is legislated by The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Act provides a right of access to City information as well as a right to the protection of privacy. When considering the public's right of access, the protection of privacy must also be considered.
The City's Open Data website provides the public with "self-serve" access to City data/information for download or viewing in different formats. Members of the public can access the information to do data analysis, mapping, chart creation or develop applications.
History of Open Data at the City of Regina
The City introduced its Open Government Program on February 27, 2012 and became the first public body in Saskatchewan to launch an internet-based open data portal. This step provided the public with access to City data. In June 2012, the City added another component which provided the public with access to City information.
As content and traffic increased, the City launched a new Open Data website in June 2015. This improved searching and data downloads, as well as provided more frequent updates and a wider variety of data formats available to the public.
Where we are today?
The City launched the new Open Data website in February, 2017 five years after the start of the Open Government Program.
Some of the enhancements to the new website include:
- An increase in the data/information available.
- Improved functionality including a more user friendly look and feel.
- Responsive design whether viewed on a computer or mobile device.
- Freedom of Information requests are being published.
- The most requested Bylaws will be published in phases. The list of Bylaws available will be updated on a continuous basis.
The City recognizes the success of the Open Data website and the engagement between the City and Public that it provides. The public is encouraged to participate in the following:
- Suggest a Dataset: Interested in a specific City of Regina dataset? Take a look at what we have already published. If we don't have what you're looking for suggest a dataset you'd like to see published. We will review your request and determine if the dataset exists and whether it is available for publishing.
- Showcases: The City would like to showcase applications created by the public using the City's data. If you've developed an application or visualization please use our Contact Us page so we can showcase your application on this page.
- Contact Us: Complete the form to submit questions, opinions or comments about the City of Regina Open Data website, or to submit an error report.
The City's Open Government initiative was awarded the 2012 Chief Justice E.M. Culliton Right to Know Award.
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