Founded in 2011, OpenNorth is Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization specialized in open data, open government, community engagement, open smart cities and civic technology. Open North works with Canada’s largest, most innovative, and connected cities. Their network extends across Canada and globally through communities of practice and open government partners. As a steward of the International Open Data Charter, Open North operationalizes the Charter’s principles into government strategies and roadmaps. This work promotes the effective use of data as infrastructure facilitating sustained engagement between government, civil society, and the public.
Open North is a leading Canadian organization using data to improve government transparency and civic engagement. This grant will support Open North in creating two analyst positions, enabling Open North to consolidate its various projects into an integrated whole, and to develop training materials that address the needs of the community and public sectors. The grant will also be used to create a systems change lab which will develop data analysis tools and simplify others – such as those it used to study Saskatchewan’s Hub model – in order to make them useful to community organizations.