Is Open Data Dead?

Is open data dead?

The mass release of open data may not have produced the benefits anticipated. Many Canadians either don’t know about the data available to them, or don’t have the tools and skills to use that data effectively. Some experts argue that instead of releasing more data, governments should start focusing on packaging high-quality information in a way that makes it easier for Canadians to sift through and understand.

To mark International Open Government Week, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is hosting a debate on the future of open data in Canada. Experts will explore this future by debating whether or not open data is dead and, in this way, help chart a path forward for open data in Canada.

Event Information

This learning activity is designed for all public servant groups and levels and is offered at no cost. The debate will also be accessible to the public by webcast.


Date and Time:

May 11, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (EDT)


  • Opening remarks by the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board
  • Renée Sieber, Associate professor, Department of Geography, McGill University
  • Michael Lenczner, Director, Powered by Data
  • Jason White, Technical Lead, Shopify
  • Lisa Deacon, Co-lead, Datafest Ottawa


  • Jaimie Boyd, Director, Open Government


Bilingual with interpretation in official languages

  • Available across Canada by webcast
  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario




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