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Nova Scotia Open Data Portal

By T_mackinnon @tedmackinnon
February 11, 2016

Nova Scotia Open Data Portal

Nova Scotia Open Data Portal

Recently Nova Scotia joined the growing number of Canadian Provinces and Municipalities that offer open data, when it officially launched the Nova Scotia open data portal providing public access to more than 135 different data sets.

Open data has become common practice over the past few years, providing the geospatial community reliable information to help other local citizens and businesses make better decisions.

The new Nova Scotia Open Data Portal was built and managed by Socrata, a third party provider headquartered in Seattle. Socrata is a cloud based software company that hosts and manages over a hundred different data catalogs for various governments and non profits all over the world.

Premier Stephen McNeil Nova Scotia Open Data“Open Data is about drawing on the collective knowledge and innovation of Nova Scotians to help grow our economy and improve the lives of those around us,” said Premier Stephen McNeil

“Open data is one part of our vision for an open and accountable government. By making our data widely available, individuals have easier access to the information they can use to understand their government, support their businesses, gain new insights and make new discoveries.”

To help celebrate the new portal and encourage the creative use of provincial opendata, the Province is planning on holding an Open Data App Contest (No date issued yet).

The data sets offered come from a variety of different Government Departments and range from historical weather data to civic addresses. Many of the data sets were actually already publicly available but you had to know where to find them, so now this information will be collected and stored all in one central location. Data is provided in a variety of different easy to use accessible formats without compromising or identifying any personal information.

Nova Scotia Open Data Portal - civic mapTypes of data sets you can find on the Nova Scotia Open Data Portal include:

  • Nova Scotia Abandoned Mines Openings
  • Unclaimed Estate Funds
  • Birth and Death Registrations
  • Crown Lands spatial data
  • Fish stocking records
  • Nova Scotia Mineral Rights Database
  • Climate data for regions of Nova Scotia dating back to 1961
  • Nova Scotia Civic Address File – Civic Points
  • Weather data
  • and many more data sets

You can download the data sets directly from the data catalouge and use with your own GIS software or browse the data in the online web mapping application that they provide (which you can also download data from). User guides and help videos are provided for those that need a little assistance and a developers section with tools and help people to start making their own apps for the Nova Scotia geospatial community.

Take a look yourself and download some of the data sets and start creating maps of Nova Scotia that the geospatial community can make use of.

By canadiangisFiled in: Data & Software, Free Data & Software, Open DataTags: data sets, geospatial community, GIS, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Open Data, Open Data, opendata

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