Open Government Program

Open government is designed to improve government transparency, and ensure better collaboration between government and citizens.

Open government portal

The open government portal is a collection of datasets and publications by government departments and agencies. The public can use and access this data freely to learn more about how government works, carry out research or build web apps.

The portal functions as both a library for current publications and as an archive for old publications which have historic value.

Responsibilities

The Open Government Program:

  • improves access to government data and publications, and develops standards and processes to encourage open engagement
  • works with ministries to release data and information they collect
  • maintains the open government documentation including best practices, general use, policies and instructions on how to use the portal
  • developed the open data licence in collaboration with the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec and is based on the UK open government licence
  • developed the Open Information and Open Data policy
  • determines what data and information goes on the open government portal

Contact information and social media

Suggest a resource

  • request a publication or open dataset that you would like to see on the open government portal

Contact open government

  • share ideas, general inquiries, provide feedback or to report an error
  • for Alberta government staff that need help identifying which data sets should go on the open government portal or how to make sure the data meets the necessary criteria

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Milestones

  • June 2017

    Received the 2017 Canadian Open Data Summit Award for Open Data Innovation for the Open Laws initiative that makes Alberta Legislation accessible through the open government portal.

  • February 2017

    Alberta Legislation is now accessible through the open government portal – Albertans can search for laws, publications and datasets in a centralized location to provide the full picture and make discovery of data and information easier.

  • June 2016

    Enterprise Data Analytics plan is developed.

  • April 2016

    7060 open datasets and government publications published.

  • August 2015

    Alberta open government portal is launched

    Previously called the open data portal, the new open government portal was designed to provide a convenient and comprehensive location for accessing government data and information.

  • April 2015

    1,695 open datasets published

  • February 2015

    Apps for Alberta competition

    A competition using Alberta open data, is launched. The Government of Alberta, in partnership with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, hosted this innovation competition from February – August 2015. Apps for Alberta offered $70,000 in cash prizes to encourage the brightest and most creative minds in Canada and the United States to develop apps that use open data from the Alberta open government portal.

  • January 2015

    Implemented data analytics as part of open government

  • April 2014

    371 open datasets published on the open data portal

  • March 2014

    Open Information Program Consolidation of Alberta Government Libraries

  • January 2014

    Alberta Open Government Policy is developed

    The Open Information and Open Data Policy version 1.0 provided a framework to establish the operational responsibilities, organization, processes, tools and other resources required for a single approach to the open data and open information programs.

  • May 2013

    Launch of the open data portal version 1.0

    280 datasets were available on the open data portal when it was first launched.

  • November 2012

    Launch of the Open Government Program.