This is what we have heard in response to our online consultation question 1: "What could be done to make it easier for you to find and use government data provided online?"
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The websites are suitable. I have not tried 'open government' yet I believe it will be come incredibly valuable.- Discotek
Un programme offert avec une bibliothèque de données organisées d'une manière facilement accessible par le public. Un système de recherche plus efficace qui permet au citoyens de retrouver de l'information mise à jour régulièrement.
L'utilisation d'un tel système devrait être non seulement facile à utiliser mais disponible à tout le monde ainsi que construit et affiché pour que le public général puisse trouver ce qu'ils cherchent.- Jean Francis
Government data can be difficult to find, even when consolidated in a single webpage or site. Consolidation can also be counterproductive if taxonomies of the data sets are not aligned. Data would be more easily found by:
Carefully defining the taxonomy used to organize the datasets;
Tagging datasets for their primary as well as tertiary collections;
In addition to the consolidated collections, provide raw data sets alongside the other reports and info published by the government.- Thumbtackhead (John Weigelt)
A centralized site that I could go to for data sets. Promotion of data sets via social media - Twitter, especially. Presentations done by Open Government employees to academic library associations/Stats Can's Data Liberation Initiative members.- Kathleen R.
The creation of a central government data portal is key. Data.gc.ca is a good start but it needs to have a "Google-like" (i.e. easy to use) user interface and machine readable data sets in a consistent format. This means more resources will need to be spent on the actual cleaning up of data before it is uploaded to the site. Separate sections for end-users and developers should be made as well. Avoid techie jargon as it tends to scare people away.- Mike Kujawski