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City of Saint John Launches Open Data Portal


The City of Saint John joins the global open data movement to make public information accessible online and promote transparency and public engagement.  The City has formally launched its Open Data portal in conjunction with International Open Data Day on Saturday, March 3, 2018.  Accessible through the City of Saint John’s website, the new public platform features three primary pillars: open data; applications; and a performance dashboard.  

The portal has been online for a few months now as city staff continue to build its applications and data sets.  While more active users of open data portals include developers, contractors, surveyors, researchers and innovators, there is something for everyone. 

 “Users can access information in a way that is meaningful to them,” explains Yves Leger, GIS Manager.  They can filter through raw data sets, select applications such as parking and transit maps, or view a performance dashboard that showcases how the City is performing in areas like growth and development.”

The City’s Open Data Portal boasts over 180 data sets and continues to grow with both current and historical data.  While active building permits are accessible in real time, users can equally access historical maps dating back to the late 1700s.  There is also a tool that allows users to view an orthomosaic map that compares the Saint John Harbour area from 1967 to current day.  At the glide of a mouse, users can see the Harbour Bridge and other development appear on the screen that did not exist over 50 years ago.  In addition to these interactive features, the performance dashboard also provides information on service levels, trends, and key performance indicators.

The City of Saint John Open Data portal can be found at www.saintjohn.ca/opendata. Users are also encouraged to submit ideas for new data sets and tools to be made available.

Open Data Day is recognized internationally to show the value of open data and encourage the adoption of data policies within government and business.  


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