The Open Data 150 is a joint project between The Govlab and Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX), supported by Open North, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and ThomsonReuters. It is the first comprehensive, internationally comparable mapping of Canadian companies that use open data to: launch new products and services; create commercial and nonprofit ventures, optimize their business processes, do research, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems.
The primary objective of this project is to understand how companies are using open data, and raise awareness of the possibilities that exist for Canadian entrepreneurs to take advantage of the value of open data. Additional objectives include:
The Open Data 150 is a collaborative project intended to identify and analyze Canada’s private sector capacity to create value from open data. The project was initiated by ODX and the information gathered by this project will give ODX and its partners deeper insight into the open data landscape that currently exists, as well as a view of what challenges need to be overcome in order to make Canadian open data companies more competitive.
The Open Data 150 Canada team will compile the list of companies and NGOs through (1) outreach campaigns and open calls, (2) curation and identification by experts and professional organizations, and (3) additional research methods. The results of the study will culminate in an online platform at www.opendata500.com/ca which will highlight the companies and their use of open data in Canada.
The Open Data 150 Canada is not a rating or ranking of companies. It covers companies and entities of different sizes and categories, using various kinds of data. The Open Data 150 Canada is not a competition, but an attempt to give a broad, inclusive view of the field. The study also does not provide a random sample for definitive statistical analysis. Since this is the first thorough scan of companies and entities in the field, it is not yet possible to determine the exact landscape of open data companies and entities.
Managing Director, ODX
Business Development Manager, ODX
Executive Director, Open North
Beth Simone Noveck
Founder & Director,
Co-Founder and Chief of Research and Development, The GovLab; Director of GovLab's Open Data Project