Province launches new open-data portal
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – The provincial government is making even more raw data freely accessible to the individuals and organizations who use and republish it.
A new open-data portal (https://data.princeedwardisland.ca) includes a total of 52 existing and new government datasets such as expenditure and revenue budget estimates and forecasts, civil service age profiles, and ground water level monitoring. The portal can also convert the data into charts and graphs and includes a better search function to make information easier to find.
“The new open data portal is another move by our government toward greater openness and transparency,” Finance Minister Heath MacDonald said. “Many individuals, students and organizations will find having this data readily available to be a huge asset.”
Socrata, the portal’s software company, is a market leader in making existing government data discoverable, useable and actionable for government workers and those they serve.
“The new Open Data portal is an important milestone for the Open Data community on Prince Edward Island,” said Michael Easter, Co-Organizer of PEI Developers. “Civic engagement is ultimately about narrative and dialogue: the embedded visualizations in the new software will shed light on data for many Islanders, including those who are non-technical, and spark conversations.”