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November 24, 2014
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Open government
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_government
Open government is the governing doctrine which holds that citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight.[1] In its broadest construction it opposes reason of state and other considerations, which have tended to legitimize extensive state secrecy. The origins of open government arguments can be dated to the time of the European Enlightenment: to debates about the proper construction of a then nascent democratic society.

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NOTE: The links below are added in reverse chronological order, with the most recent additions at the top.

Canada's New Action Plan on Open Government - November 6, 2014
(Open Government Portal)

Canada's New Action Plan on Open Government
http://policymonitor.ca/government/canadas-new-action-plan-on-open-government/
November 6, 2014
Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, announced the launch of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 [ http://open.canada.ca/en] after almost six months of public consultation and engagement. Action Plan 2.0 builds on past successes and includes 12 detailed commitments that will take Canada’s leadership in open government to the next level over the next two years and beyond.

Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 includes new commitments on open dialogue to take advantage of technology that lets governments connect faster and more easily with citizens. Other elements of the Action Plan open up information on federally funded scientific research, government spending and contracting data, and more.

Open Government Portal
http://open.canada.ca/en
Here you can explore how the Government of Canada is working with the national and international open government community to create greater transparency and accountability, increase citizen engagement, and drive innovation and economic opportunities through Open Data, Open Information, and Open Dialogue.
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COMMENT (by Gilles):
What with all this talk about Open Government, Open Data, Open Information and Open Dialogue, one might be forgiven for thinking that the Harper Government™ is really, really serious about sharing information about its policies and programs with members of the Canadian public.
If you think this is accountability, you need to WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE! Harper and his minons have made a mockery of the access to information system in Canada, they've muzzled federal scientists from speaking the truth and they've defunded and shut down non-governmental organizations whose mission was to keep the government's feet to the fire.
Open government, my ARSE.
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Open Government Partnership (OGP)
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/
OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to the 65 participating countries indicated on the map below. In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.

Related products from the
Government of Canada News website:

[ http://news.gc.ca/web/nwsprdct-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&crtr.tp1D=1 ]

* Backgrounder - Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=900739

* Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 (2014-16)
http://open.canada.ca/en/content/canadas-action-plan-open-government-2014-16

Open Government Blog
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/blog

Data.gc.ca*
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/country/commitment/datagcca
During the recent public consultations on the Digital Economy Strategy and Open Government, Canadians called for open data to be made available in more usable and accessible formats.
[ * If you click the data.gc.ca link [ http://www.data.gc.ca/ ], you will be redirected to the Open Government Portal - http://open.canada.ca/en ]

Open Government Action Plan 2.0 Consultation - April 24
(Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)

Minister Clement Launches Consultations on Open Government
Government of Canada Seeks Input on Open Data, Open Information, and Open Dialogue
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=842049
April 24, 2014
Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, launched a three-part consultation* regarding Canada's Action Plan on Open Government. The objective of the first phase, taking place online at data.gc.ca, is to determine how Canadians want to be engaged and informed on Open Government, and how citizens prefer to provide feedback to advance the Government's second Action Plan on Open Government.
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Phase 1: Consultation Plan
Phase 2: Idea Dialogue – Coming Soon
Phase 3: Commitment Discussion – Coming in May / June
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Source:
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/

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From Data.gc.ca:
http://data.gc.ca/

Open Government Action Plan 2.0 Consultation
http://data.gc.ca/eng/consultations/open-government-action-plan-20-consultation
In 2012, Canada joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to improve the quality of the programs and services that citizens receive. As we near the end of our first two years as a member of the Open Government Partnership, it is time to engage with Canadians on the development of Canada's Open Government Action Plan 2.0.

Please have a look at the Consultation Plan [ http://goo.gl/7sOAMS ] and [ http://goo.gl/WskcZx ] on these key questions:

* How can we make the consultation plan better?
* Will you participate in Open Government consultations? Why or why not?
* Can you name any public interest groups or organizations that would be interested in participating? If so, please share with us.

Open Government Action Plan 2.0 Consultation - April 24
(Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)

Data.gc.ca
http://data.gc.ca/
Data.gc.ca provides one-stop access to the Government of Canada’s searchable open data* and open information, together with open dialogue, as part of the federal government’s commitment to enhance transparency and accountability. We encourage the participation of all citizens to make data.gc.ca better.
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* Open Data is a practice that makes data freely available by way of portals, metadata, and search tools for reuse by governments, citizens, voluntary organizations, academia, and the private sector in new and unanticipated ways.
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The data published on data.gc.ca is made available by Government of Canada departments and Crown corporations. While each of these entities is responsible for managing their own data, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is responsible for the governance, including guidelines and policies, applicable to the data.

data.gc.ca is a public site and all data published here and on related Websites is public data that is not sensitive in nature (i.e. data which is NOT personal or confidential) and does not identify or provide ways to identify individuals.

How can we improve the data.gc.ca?
Give us your feedback:
http://data.gc.ca/eng/forms/contact-us

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Canada's Action Plan on Open Government
http://data.gc.ca/eng/canadas-action-plan-open-government
Table of Contents:
* Introduction
* The Evolution of Canada's Open Government Strategy
* Canada's Action Plan on Open Government
* Our Commitments
* Foundational Commitments
* Activity Stream 1 – Open Information
* Activity Stream 2 – Open Data
* Activity Stream 3 – Open Dialogue
* Conclusion

Excerpt from the conclusion:
Canada is committed to Open Government and is ready to be an active participant in the Open Government Partnership*. We support the principles of the Open Government Partnership which we believe will propel innovation, economic opportunity and deeper democratic engagement worldwide.
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* Open Government Partnership (OGP)
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/
OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to the 64 participating countries indicated on the map below. In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.
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Canada and the OGP
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/country/canada
Within Canada, the Open Government Partnership provides us with a real opportunity to accelerate the transformation of our public service and of our government through a fundamental openness to working with Canadians coupled with the effective use of emerging technologies.

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Open Data in Canada
http://data.gc.ca/eng/maps/open-data-canada
- list of Canada’s provincial and municipal Open Data sites that have been created to release freely available open data in Canada.


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