The City of Burlington Open Data service is part of the E-Government program, which has a mandate to expand online services and information sharing to our community. The Open Data service makes raw city data available for public use and new application development. The Open Data service is just one of the innovative ways we are evolving our customer service practices using online technology. For a description of all record series created, used and stored by the city, please see the Records Retention Schedule here - Record Retention By-Law data schedule.
By making city data available to the public, Burlington's Open Data supports the organization's commitment to:
The Open Data program is expanding. Please visit the Open Data Catalogue to see what new and exciting data has been made available.
Open Data is the data provided via the city website in raw form so that interested users can perform their own analysis on the data, or use the data to develop new and innovative desktop, web and mobile applications (apps). This information may also be combined with data available from other sources to provide useful new insights or applications that can be used by others (referred to as "mashups").
Many Canadian municipalities are providing open data, with Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto collaborating to develop best practices. The federal and provincial governments have also introduced Open Data initiatives to make federal and provincial data available to the public and developers.
For more information, please view the Presentation to Council from July 2011.
The City of Burlington Open Data initiative provides a number of benefits to the community, including:
Open Data is consistent with the right of access purpose of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and the Federal Open Government Resolution.
Please email us your comments or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with Socrata, the City of Burlington has launched Open Budget, an e-Government Open Data pilot project to allow for visualization and exploration of the Capital and Operating Budgets. Open Budget is an application intended to drive greater government accountability and financial transparency. Open Budget is designed for quick deployment and citizen empowerment. The charts, graphs, and images are attractive, navigable, and easy to understand.