Open Data Barometer


The report looks specifically at 30 governments that have made concrete commitments to champion open data, either by adopting the Open Data Charter, or, as members of the G20, by signing up to the G20 Anti-Corruption Open Data Principles.

The biggest action governments can take to speed up progress is to start investing the significant resources needed to build the policies, practices and infrastructure that will drive this transformation. The report outlines a number of specific recommendations that governments can make in three key areas:

  1. Put “open by default” into action
  2. Build and consolidate open data infrastructure
  3. Publish data with purpose

Canada and the UK are tied this year for first place. Canada has advanced steadily, retaining its position as a top performer for the past five years and rising to the top in this edition. The government’s continued progress reflects a strong performance in virtually all areas — from policies to implementation. Its consistent political backing has been one the keys to its success. As Canada starts to show substantial evidence of the impact of this focus on open data across the government, social, and economic sectors, we can see this approach starting to pay off.

For more information about open data in Canada: Canadian Open Data Summit 2018

Published By: World Wide Web Foundation

Publication Date: September 2018

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Exploring the Role of the Education Sector in Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness @ Webinar
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This webinar features presentations on the education sector’s role in preventing and ending youth homelessness. The presentations will explore student experiences of homelessness followed by discussing the education sector’s role in responding to youth at-risk of homelessness and school disengagement. Highlights from three school-based early intervention projects, Duty to Assist, The Upstream Project and Youth Reconnect, will be showcased as emerging examples of youth homelessness prevention responses. We encourage anyone who is interested in the wellbeing of students to join us on this webinar!

• Jacqueline Sohn, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow, The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
• Erika Morton | Systems Planning Officer, The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
• Mary-Jane Mckitterick | Community Planning Manager, A Way Home Canada
• Jayne Malenfant | Vanier and Pierre Elliott Trudeau scholar, PhD Candidate at McGill University

Business After 5 Online with The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce @ Online
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our newly revised and online Business After 5 series, presented by Meridian!

Hosted this month by Hilton Garden Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Grab your favourite drink, some snacks, and meet us for a virtual BA5 via Zoom. Update us on your business, chat with other GNCC members in our virtual breakout rooms, and more.

Admission is FREE. Please register via Eventbrite!

Please ensure you have a microphone (and webcam if possible) so that you can participate! Join us for general and guided conversation plus messages and updates from our host

Strengthening Families Together (4-Week Series) @ Webinar
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Are you a caregiver providing support to someone living with mental health challenges? Join IAM Mental Health for our 4 session family education group.

Our program covers challenges facing families, handling stress and anxiety, practical strategies around communication, and coping with daily living including; scheduling daily activities, motivation, wellness and crisis planning, and caregiver well-being.

Our program also addresses coping with changes in daily living and the stresses associated with COVID19.

Session 1: Tuesday August 11 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Session 2: Tuesday August 18 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Session 3: Tuesday August 25 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Session 4: Tuesday September 1 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm

This webinar series is brought to you by the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health

Options for Care by Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Webinar
Aug 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Options for Care will focus on giving participants the opportunity to explore the care options that support persons living with dementia in the moderate to late stages of their journey.

Join us as we explore:
– Choosing the right level of care: aging at home, retirement or long-term care
– Learn the process around long term care application
– Explore options for discussing the long term care move
– Explore moving day strategies
– Learn about the resources to navigate the transition to alternate levels of care

This webinar is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

Managing Employees in Uncertain Times @ Webinar
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The impact of COVID-19 has heightened the need for effective leadership and management due to its widespread impact on mental health and the economic necessity to have engaged employees to support business continuity and success.

Collectively, COVID-19 illness and safety measures have affected over 2 billion people worldwide, yet different individuals have different experiences due to circumstances and personality. Employers need to understand this as they manage individuals on their teams, regardless of whether they are working from home or on-site and regardless whether they continued to work throughout the pandemic or are returning from temporary lay-offs.

In this webinar we will discuss:

-understanding mental health and the unique challenges of COVID-19
-the importance of the workplace in our employees’ lives
-implications for leaders and managers
-effective people strategies for resilience and organizational success in the face of uncertainty

Audience: Nonprofit leaders who want to better support their staff and volunteers during these uncertain times.

NOTE: This webinar will be recorded – if you cannot make the live session, complete the registration form and a recording will be emailed to you the day after the live session. We are happy to provide a closed-captioned recording upon advance request.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village

The Child Welfare System, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Supporting Pregnant/Parenting People @ Webinar
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

You’re invited to the virtual forum on supporting pregnant/parenting people who use drugs when child welfare involvement and the COVID-19 pandemic collide on Friday, August 14, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Please register to join service providers and a diverse group of experts in drug policy, harm reduction, midwifery, and legal expertise in family law to learn about and discuss child welfare gaps unearthed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss the legal rights of parents who use drugs, advocacy initiatives, family-centred supports, the recent ending of birth alerts, and the development of Know Your Rights resources for service providers to support their clients.

We will hear from:
Tammy Law, Lawyer, Child Protection and Family Law
Ellen Blais, Director, Indigenous Midwifery, Association of Ontario Midwives
Lindsay Williams S.W., R.S.W., R.P., Toronto Opiate Support Team, Breakaway Services

The forum is hosted by the Toronto Drug Strategy’s Women and Drug Policy Working Group.

Early Psychosis Intervention Family Forum @ Online
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hope+Me – Mood Disorders Association of Ontario is offering a psycho-education and peer support program called Early Intervention Psychosis Family Forum. This is a group for family members and supporters with a loved one experiencing psychosis. Participants will receive psycho-educational tools, resources to cope with your loved one’s psychosis and will also connect with other caregivers for meaningful discussion, and mutual support.

August 17th topic:
-Myths & Facts about Psychosis, Early Warning Signs of Psychosis, Symptoms of Psychosis, Types of Psychosis, Treatment and Recovery

This online support group is brought to you by Hope+Me – Mood Disorders Association of Ontario


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