In case you missed it, International Open Data Day was greeted across Canada with events and hackathons - even a little speed dating between local developers and government officials, including Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

Minister Clement is one of the federal government’s chief advocates for open data and is leading an initiative to help the Government of Canada put more of its data to broad, public use.

Enter the Government of Canada’s Open Data portal, found at By several accounts, Canada’s Open Data portal is set for a reboot this year, with new tools and capabilities being added to satisfy innovator’s requests and drive greater use of a wider variety of government datasets.

With developers eagerly anticipating what new data may be available, some questions still remain around how to make the portal as accessible and useful as possible, what can be learned from the best practices of other countries using open data, and what kind of opportunities open data can create for Canadian communities and policy makers.

For an in-depth discussion on open data, join us this Friday at 11 AM (ET) as we host a Hangout on Air with Minister Clement and a panel of Canadian and international experts and entrepreneurs.
  • Watch the hangout live on YouTube at 
  • Send us your questions for the panel on our Google+ page at +GoogleCanada #opendata #ClementHangout 
  • Join the conversation on Twitter @googlecanada #opendata #ClementHangout 
If you missed the hangout live, you can now watch the full discussion here:

Posted by Colin McKay, Google Canada