Releasing open data provides opportunities for government to support transparency and accountability, improve business functions and processes, increase citizen engagement, and support internal knowledge and collaboration.
This page highlights innovative internal uses of Nova Scotia's open data. If you have used data from the Nova Scotia Government's Open Data Portal and would like to share more information, please get in touch with the Open Data Program and tell us more!
Municipal Affairs: Municipal Profile and Financial Condition Indicators Report
Municipal Affairs now publishes the Municipal Profile and Financial Condition Indicators as a combined PDF report to help provide insight into the financial condition and health of Nova Scotia communities. These indicators include measures such as reliance on government transfers, total number of deficits, operating reserve, and liquidity for each municipality.
When Municipal Affairs releases this report, they also make the data behind the report available on the Nova Scotia Government’s Open Data Portal. By proactively releasing the datasets on the portal, the department reduces requests for the background data, improves overall accountability and transparency, and supports broader analysis and reuse of the data by the public.
Service Nova Scotia: Co-operatives Report
Preparing annual Co-operatives reports was very labour intensive and time consuming. By the time that the reports were published on the website, the data was not current and the information in the PDF format is static. The information in these reports could not be updated even though we continued to receive late filings relating to that reporting year.
Audrey Gay identified a better way – by using the Open Data Portal to provide the public with easy access to this information as well as the ability to use Portal functions to sort, chart and graph this information.
This initiative saved over 100 hours each year, leading to more efficient internal processes, and an increased client experience.
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