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October 28, 2014

The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation joins the Open Data movement

OTTAWA, October 28, 2014 – The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation will be releasing the complete dataset of its collection on the Government of Canada’s new open data portal data.gc.ca Thursday. The collection dataset is currently available on the CSTMC’s data portal at data.techno-science.ca.

By making this data accessible, the CSTMC wants to provide Canadians with greater access to their national collection of scientific technological and innovation artefacts. Canadians are invited to consult the data, manipulate it, and construct new meaning and useful historical and educational tools from it.

"Our Government is committed to the Open Data movement in Canada and around the world. Open Data is a global phenomenon that holds incredible opportunity to spur innovation and economic growth and improve the lives of everyday citizens," said the Hon. Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board. "I encourage all Canadians to explore the potential of this powerful 21st century resource."

“New technologies have always been an important driver of cultural change,” said the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “Progress in information technology allows Canadians to have more access to our rich, diverse and fascinating history. I am pleased to see the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation embracing change and finding ways to harness it for the benefit of all Canadians.”

In addition to making data available on data.gc.ca, CSTMC will be working with ThinkData Works Inc. to provide further access to their data catalogue by providing a native portal solution to showcase its archives.

“The national collection of artefacts under the custody of the CSTMC really belongs to all Canadians,” said CSTMC President and CEO Alex Benay. “By using the latest information technology tools at their disposal, Canadians can now devise a variety of ways of using the data about their national artefact collection at their leisure. Now that technology affords such possibilities, it is perfectly logical that Canadians have full access to the data about their collection of priceless science and technology artefacts.”

“ThinkData’s mission is to make it simple to access Open Data. That’s what our Portal Solution does. We believe that when citizens are given the information they want, in a format they can use, the opportunities of what they can create become endless," said Bryan Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of ThinkData Works Inc., which is working with the CSTMC on its open data initiative. “By opening up their collection data, The CSTMC is taking a giant leap forward into the digital economy. They are using their resources to harness innovation and engaging with Canadians in a way like never before.”

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Olivier Bouffard
Media relations
613-410-5943

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