Prioritize and evaluate requests for Open Data from citizens in accordance with City policies and priorities and based on the readiness and suitability of the Datasets for public release.
2. The City is required to comply with the law regarding the disclosure of private, confidential, or proprietary data including the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.The City may also have contractual or other obligations, all of which may limit the data which can be published on the Open Data Portal. The City will not publish information which would contravene any of these obligations, but may modify a dataset to remove private, confidential, or proprietary data when the City considers publication of the Dataset to be in the public interest.
3. Guiding Principles
The City has established the following guiding principles to inform what data should be made available to the public and how it should be made available:
Complete: Datasets will be provided in their entirety, unless legal or other concerns restrict the release of certain information.
Primacy: Data will be provided as it was collected at the source, not in aggregate or modified forms.
Timely: Whenever feasible, Datasets will be made available in a timely fashion to preserve the value of the data.
Accessible: Datasets will be as accessible as possible, with accessibility defined as the ease with which information can be obtained, and with as few access barriers as possible.
Machine-readable: Datasets will be provided in Machine-readable formats and in structures that allow automated processing in order to maximize potential access or re-use of the data, unless otherwise not feasible.
Non-discriminatory: Access to datasets is available to anyone who can access the portal.
Non-proprietary: Datasets will be available in formats over which no entity has exclusive control, to avoid unnecessary restrictions over who can use the data and how it can be used.
Open Data Licence: An Open Data Licence will be provided where Datasets are not subject to any copyright, patent, trademark, official mark, or trade secret regulations.
Long term preservation: Datasets will be available at a stable location indefinitely and archiving where applicable and available.
Free: Datasets will be provided free of charge.
Respectful: Datasets will respect the privacy of individuals whose information is reflected in the City’s Datasets.
4. Roles and Responsibilities
The Administrative Open Data Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of the City departments, provides leadership and oversight to the development, growth and ongoing maintenance of the Open Data Portal.
The Committee will:
Engage in dialogue with the public and dataset requestors as needed to get additional information and provide status about requests submitted through the open data request form on the City of Thunder Bay Website.
Work with the appropriate staff from each department to document, prioritize and evaluate requests for Open Data in accordance with City policies and priorities and based on the readiness and suitability of the datasets for public release.
Prepare and release the data to the Open Data Portal upon approval by the Committee.
Provide updates or Dataset revisions as they are created.
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