Open Data Empowers Citizens
Open data represents a revolution in the way citizens interact with their governments, experts say, but lasting support from public entities will be needed to ensure the information meets its full potential.
The government of Canada launched its open data portal on Tuesday and added its name to a growing list of public bodies that make their data freely accessible online.
Proponents of open data say with proper oversight, online catalogues have the potential to increase government transparency and accountability, while reshaping the relationship between citizens and their governments. When developers can create applications to process the information, citizens can skip bureaucracy and government paper work to get at the heart of how their tax dollars work.
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