Knowledge Centre

New open data products support data access and literacy

Improving data literacy and access “The new open data products bring value to the Public Service and residents alike, enabling […]

Top Open Data Moments in 2019

2019 was a riveting year for open data in Toronto. From hosting community events to fulfilling what was promised in the Open Data Master Plan, join us on a journey through the last twelve months.


Data Stories

Guest Post: Using Folium to Visualize Distribution of Public Services in 140 Toronto Neighbourhoods

Lisa Chen reached out to the open data team with the visualizations she created from two open datasets: Toronto Neighbourhood Boundaries and Youth Wellness Resources.

Towards a Data Quality Score in open data (Part 2)

In my first story on Open Data Toronto’s Data Quality Score (DQS), I shared why data quality matters to us and what the DQS is at a high-level; in this story, I walk through the steps of exactly how we created it so it is more detailed and a little more technical. Read on if that’s your jam.


Tools & Training

What the @#%! is a Shapefile?

A beginner’s guide to common and not-so-common open data file formats!

Accessing open data with Google Sheets

Google Drive’s suite of free document editing tools provide a means for educators and students to work more seamlessly together, with one lacking area: data access. That’s why we partnered with a local developer to create the the CKAN Google Sheets add-on. 


Video & Multimedia

Explaining Open Data in Toronto

What is open data? How does the City of Toronto use it to improve decision-making? Learn about what open data is and how anyone, anywhere can use it to improve life in Toronto in this short animated video.


Civic Issues

Analyzing results from the civic issues campaign survey

Background: What is the civic issue campaign? In 2019, the Open Data team launched a campaign in order to help […]

Powering open data with civic issues

In a city run by data (petabytes of it!), how do dataset requests get prioritized? Reham Youssef from the open data team discusses exciting changes coming soon to the way open data releases are prioritized, inspired by important civic issues.