Open Data is defined as structured data that is machine-readable, freely shared, used and built on without restrictions (Open Data 101). The Government of Canada outlines three principles of open data:
Availability and Access: The data must be available as a whole and at no or low cost. The data must also be available in a convenient and modifiable form.
Re-use and Redistribution: The data must be provided under terms that permit re-use and redistribution including the intermixing with other datasets.
Universal Participation: Everyone must be able to use, re-use and redistribute. For example, 'non-commercial' restrictions that would prevent 'commercial' use, or restrictions of use for certain purposes (e.g. only in education), are not allowed.
DataBC, provided by B.C.'s Provincial Government, encourages and enables the sharing of government data with the public. Use DataBC to search thousands of datasets by license type to find Open Government Licensed data.
The City of Vancouver's open data catalogue provides free and open access to over 155 City datasets, with new datasets added regularly. The data is anonymized, free, and available to everyone in one or more open and accessible formats.
Open Government Across Canada pulls together relevant Open Canadian projects. Scroll part way down the page and you'll see drop down menus that list each Open Project, Municipality, and Initiative, with relevant websites and links to locate the resources.
UNdata is a service provided by the United Nations to users of statistical data around the world. It provides easy access to data compiled and produced by UN agencies as well as other international agencies. Data is available free of charge and may be copied freely, duplicated and further distributed provided that UNdata is cited as the reference.