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 Government of Canada does not appear to have an IT strategy to ensure that our investments in IT and IM solutions is sufficiently **built upon open platforms**. If you want to provide open data, you have to have significant infrastructure built upon open foundations. This includes giving more level playing field for open source, as well as fighting software vendor lock-in (a significant cost driver as well as a technical barrier to open data).- Citizen of this great country
Provide data online in a format which can be readily integrated into a GIS system- Bob Saunders
The key issue for me is the ability to link data sets so that combinations and comparisons can be made.I think that all data sets should be georeferenced so that such comparisons and combinations can be made. It is absolutely critical that all data sets should be made interoperable. This is not the case at present making the utility of the various data sets much less than it could be.- anonynous
Provide appropriate, concise, standardized metadata and make data available via an API.- Andrew Hunter
Put it all in one place, no more 15 government website to browse through. Geoconnections data discovery is useful, but its full of other stuff. Perhaps just refine the discovery portal to include all data.
The other thing is to make all the data available.- Anders