BRAMPTON, ON. (April 19, 2012) – To provide its citizens with access to more timely information — including demographic, socio-economic and geographic data — the Region of Peel launched its web-based Open Data Pilot today. The portal is part of the Region’s Peel Data Centre, which provides a wide range of tabular and spatial data on Peel and the Greater Toronto Area.
Open Data is a philosophy and practice requiring that certain data be made freely available and shared without restrictions in its original or converted form. Available on opendata.peelregion.ca, the public can now access a range of Peel Region data, from places of worship to ward boundaries to building permits.
“Open Data, as a leading business practice, is gaining in popularity as increasingly the electorate expect their governments to provide information that is easily downloadable” said Arvin Prasad, Director, Integrated Planning, Region of Peel. “We are always looking at new technological ways to improve citizen engagement, and we hope that access to our data will result in improved access to information.”
The first five data categories to be made available on the pilot portal are demographics, environment and resources, regional geography, facilities and structures, and transportation.
Throughout the pilot phase the Region will strive to increase the number of datasets from the more than 40 currently available. Information will be presented in a variety of accessible formats, and users will be able to combine data sets from the Region’s site with other Open Data sources.
“We’re excited about the opportunities this opens up for businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals in terms of innovation and education,” said Mr. Prasad.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.