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We've identified the most useful resources for understanding, managing, providing, and orchestrating open data initiatives—with emphasis on rural regions. Explore resources through the following categories:

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Open Knowledge International

Open Knowledge International is a global non-profit organisation focused on realising open data’s value to society by helping civil society groups access and use data to take action on social problems. They provide resources and a community around open data.

About Open Data Webinar

What is open data? Why is it important to economic development? How can local government work collaboratively to make their data open? What are the challenges and opportunities for open data in the Basin-Boundary region?

Open North

Open North is Canada’s leading organization specialized in open data, open government, community engagement, open smart cities and civic technology.

Open Data for Development

OD4D uses an ecosystem approach to build the local supply of quality open data, and improve its use by leaders and innovators in government, civil society, the media and business.


ILDA (Latin American Open Data Initiative) seeks to understand and promote open data policies and uses in Latin America to further the inclusive development of the region. ILDA is part of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) initiative as the regional node for Latin America.

Open Guide

These guidelines provide context about the Open Government Licence with specific instructions for each clause. The guidelines also include a template of the full licence text for easy conversion to the web.

Open Licence

Just the licence, based on version 2.0 of the Open Government Licence – Canada, which was developed through public consultation and collaborative efforts by provincial and federal governments.

FNIGC Data Online

Access to the FNIGC (First Nations Information Governance Centre) published data, including First Nations Regional Health Surveys and the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey.

The Open Database of Buildings

A collection of open data on buildings and building footprints, made available under the Open Government License -- Canada.