Hamilton Lagging on Open Data Thesis Research Finds

Liam Currie’s Masters Thesis “The Role of Canadian Municipal Open Data Initiatives: A Multi-City Evaluation” explores the state of Canadian municipal open data initiatives.

Currie studied 23 cities across the country and published his 247 page thesis online.

It’s a good read for anyone interested in open data initiatives.

Of Hamilton, Currie writes:

“Hamilton represents the only city in this study that appears to have completely stalled on their ODI. Even the presence of an active and vocal local advocacy group—which has been a valuable indicator of public demand in other cities—has not been able to move the program forward. It illustrates the importance of a natural champion within the City and the challenges of overcoming an entrenched and reluctant government culture.”

The paper is linked from datalibre.ca