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Toronto Open Data

Toronto Open Data is an open data initiative by the City of Toronto government in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It provides a "world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to use, modify, and distribute the datasets in all current and future media and formats for any lawful purpose" with proper credit.[1] The goal of the open data is to make the "government open, accessible and transparent."[2]



As of March 2016, data presented at the City of Toronto's open data catalogue, includes over 200 data sets such as Festivals and Events, Licensed Child Care Centers, Priority Investment Neighbourhoods, Wellbeing Neighbourhood index and transportation data.[3]


Toronto Open Data was launched at the Toronto Innovation Showcase forum on November 2, 2009.[4]

Comparable InitiativesEdit

Many cities have launched open data initiatives.


As of 2010, Toronto Open Data required a click-through license for any reuse, which made it unsuitable for producing physical products (such as haptic maps for the blind).[5] Toronto adopted the Pan Canada Open Government licence in August, 2013.[6] The new licence clarified much confusion on behalf of users as to attribution and rights to use data.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Open Government Licence - Toronto
  2. ^ Toronto opens up[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Data Catalogue". City of Toronto.
  4. ^ McGreal, Ryan (2 November 2009). "Toronto Launches Open Data Catalogue". Raise the Hammer.
  5. ^ "Toronto Open Data discriminates against blind people". 20 December 2010. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Open Government Licence – Toronto". City of Toronto.

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