What is Open Data?

By definition, open data is machine-readable data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.

But what open data can do is far more important. Open data means transparency and efficiency in government. It means developers can use open data to create innovative solutions and new businesses that help address community problems such as transportation or affordable housing. It means more engaged citizens, bringing together public and private organizations and bridging gaps.

Open data is disruptive. It has the potential to create a better future for everyone. It’s about creating dialogue, creating innovative technologies and highlighting the real business needs for open data.

What is GO Open Data?

GO Open Data is a grass roots, community-driven association by and for the Ontario Open Data/Open X community. GO Open Data 2021 (#GOOD21) is a collaborative effort between civil society, IT professionals, bloggers, community and economic developers, city planners, civil servants and more.

The conference started in 2013 in Waterloo Region, and has also been held in Toronto, Niagara Region, Markham, London and Barrie. 2021 marks the 8th anniversary of the annual GO Open Data conference – for the first time, GOOD21 is totally virtual.

For more information, please visit our association website

Organizing Committee

GO Open Data 2021 is being organized by a committee of passionate, exuberant and enthusiastic people, including representatives of the following organizations:

  • Province of Ontario
  • Municipal Governments
  • GO Open Data Conference Committee
  • Open Knowledge Foundation

Who Attends GO Open Data?

Each year, GO Open Data attracts a larger and broader crowd. The success of the GO Open Data conferences has been the bridging of diverse sectors and community stakeholders.

GO Open Data attracts participants from the public, private and non-profit sectors, citizens, academia, media, entrepreneurs, developers, municipal leaders and civil servants from a range of industries such as economic development, education, information technology, transportation, housing and more.

This year’s theme of “Open for Community Well-being” is hugely important in the current circumstances we find ourselves in. Join your peers to discuss current state and the way forward.