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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. 

Ask a Data Scientist: Ryan Garnett

We sat down with open data team manager Ryan Garnett to ask him a few questions about what traits make a good data scientist, what his favourite resources are, and words of wisdom for newbies.

Towards Location Intelligence

Do you geo? Interested in location data and location intelligence? The City of Toronto’s Open Data team partnered with BergWerkGIS to update the QGIS CKAN Browser plugin, allowing GIS users to access open data directly within QGIS, the leading open source desktop GIS.

Dataset Readiness Criteria

The Open Data team has developed a list of six criteria to assess how close to ready a dataset is for automation and optimization. We are working with data stewards across the City to ensure that our data provides value.

Data Quality Checklist

Creating the perfect dataset isn’t an exact science, but there are steps you can take to ensure that your dataset is optimized for your users. This is a beginner’s guide to cleaning your data in a spreadsheet program.

Migrate, Automate, Optimize: An easier, faster and more efficient way forward

Open data has taken significant strides forward thanks to the efforts of City staff and agencies. Now, we want to […]

Budgetpedia: Humanizing City Budgets

Our debut community showcase tells the story of a project that is regarded as a pioneer in Toronto’s Civic Tech space, and a powerful example of how Open Data empowers citizens to participate in government decision-making; Budgetpedia.