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What is Open Data?What is Open Data?<p>Open data is data that is freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.  Open Data is machine-readable which allows people to do analysis, build apps, and use the data as they wish.</p>Most Frequently Asked Questions
Who is publishing Open Data?Who is publishing Open Data?<p>​Open Data is published by municipalities, provincial governments, and federal governments.  Some public institutions, such as post-secondary schools, also publish open data.</p>Most Frequently Asked Questions
What are some examples of Open Data from municipalities?What are some examples of Open Data from municipalities?<p>​Some examples of data sets that are frequently published are from Parks and Recreation, Waste and Recycling, Transit, and Census.</p>Most Frequently Asked Questions
Who decides which data should be available as open data?Who decides which data should be available as open data?<p>​<span style="line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">Ideas for new datasets can come from anyone.<span>  </span>New dataset requests will go through a series of checks for technical feasibility and appropriateness (legal, FOIP) before they will be made publicly available. <span> </span>If you have an idea for a new dataset to be published, send your request to <a href="">​</a>.</font></span></p>Most Frequently Asked Questions
How frequently is the data updated?How frequently is the data updated?<p>​<span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">The data is updated on a schedule that is appropriate for that information.<span style="">  </span>For example, election data for the 2014 election will never be updated because it will never change.<span style="">  </span>There will be a new dataset published for each subsequent election.<span style="">  </span>Pedestrian pathway information will be updated when there are new pathways built. </font></span></p>Most Frequently Asked Questions
What datasets will be available in the future?What datasets will be available in the future?<p>​<span style="line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">The City of Lethbridge will be exploring possible ideas for datasets from a variety of business units.<span>  </span>If you have an idea for open data, please feel free to tell us by emailing </font><a href=""><font color="#0563c1"></font></a><font color="#000000">.</font></span></p>Most Frequently Asked Questions
What does “machine readable” mean?What does “machine readable” mean?<p>​Machine readable means that computer programs can read the data and display it in a new way (ie. Displayed on mobile phone apps).  Some examples of machine readable data include XML and CSV.   Files such as PDF or JPG are not machine readable.</p>Most Frequently Asked Questions
Will the apps built from open data be on the City of Lethbridge website?Will the apps built from open data be on the City of Lethbridge website?<p>​The City of Lethbridge may showcase apps that use our Open Data site on <a href="/" target="_blank">​</a> however, these apps will be owned and provided through the person or business who created them​.</p>Most Frequently Asked Questions