WATERLOO REGION, ON, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Digital Media
Network, the University of Waterloo, Communitech, OpenText and
Desire2Learn are proud to announce the creation of the Open Data
Institute, which has received support from the Government of Canada in
The Open Data Institute will work with governments, academic
institutions and the private sector to solve challenges facing Open
Government efforts and realize the full potential of Open Data. These
partners will work on development of common standards, the integration
of data from different levels of government and the commercialization
of data, allowing Canadians to derive greater economic benefit from
datasets that are made available by all levels of government.
"This is a strategic investment in Canada's ability to lead the digital
economy," said Dr. Kevin Tuer, Managing Director of CDMN. "Similar to how a common system of telephone exchanges allowed
world-wide communication, the Open Data Institute will help create a
common platform to share and access datasets. This will allow the
development of new applications and products, creating new business
opportunities and jobs across the country."
"OpenText software provides the foundation for collaboration within and
between many governments around the world including the G20 and many of
its member nations, and we are delighted to be a founding partner of
Canada's Open Data Institute announced today," said OpenText President and CEO Mark J. Barrenechea. "The Institute will serve as a common forum for government, academia
and the private sector to collaborate on Open Government initiatives
with the goal of fueling Canadian tech innovation, a goal to which we
are fully committed as Canada's largest software company."
"I am so pleased that the University of Waterloo is able to contribute
to this important initiative," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of
Waterloo. "The Open Data Institute has the potential to strengthen the regional
economy and increase our innovative capacity."
The Open Data Institute is a public-private partnership. The founding
partners will contribute $3 million in cash and in-kind contributions
over three years to establish the institute, which has been matched by
the Government of Canada.
SOURCE: The Canadian Digital Media Network
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