Frequently Asked Questions
What is an App?
What makes this data different from
what's already available on the Peel Data Centre website?
How will the site be
expanded in the future?
What is a mashup?
How can people contact the
Region about Open Data?
Why Can I not view some data
What is Open Data?
Open Data is a philosophy and practise requiring that certain data
(information) are freely available to everyone, without
restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of
control, and can be shared in its original or converted form. Open
Data is machine readable and is readily accessible to a user
community with the ability to be combined with other data sets from
other sources. Information provided through Open Data initiatives
can include GIS data, budget data, transit schedules, and any other
government data. Open data is a result of the transition to Open
Government, which uses technology to better solve problems, to
create a citizen engaged participatory environment, reflecting
government transparency and accountability.
Open Data Principles as set out by the Sunlight Foundation:
datasets to be as complete as possible, reflecting the entirety of
what is recorded about a particular subject
Primacy: data sets
should be the original information collected by the Region of Peel,
details on how the data was collected and the original source
feasible information should be released as quickly as it is
generated and collected
Ease of Physical and
Electronic Access: Data sets should be as accessible as
possible meaning the ease with which information can be obtained,
whether through physical or electronic means.
Readability: Information should be stored in a widely-used
file formats that easily lend themselves to machine processing.
Any person can access the data at any time without having to
identify him/herself or provide justification for doing so.
Use of Commonly Owned
Standards: Data should be available in freely available
alternative formats where stored data can be accessed without the
need for a software license.
openness includes clearly labelling public information as a work of
the government and available without restrictions on use as part of
the public domain.
Information made available online should remain online, with
appropriate version-tracking and archiving
Usage Costs: Data
should be available free of charge. Imposing fees for access skews
the pool of who is willing (or able) to access information.
This Open Data Pilot site will not be releasing personal
information and will follow current privacy regulations at the
What is an
The term App, or application can be web-based or mobile. Web based
apps are accessed through the internet on your desktop. Mobile apps
are downloaded from a program onto you smartphone or tablet. When
speaking about Apps created through open data they are designed
mainly to assist the end user with specific tasks. For example, a
reminder of when garbage day is, location of parks with playgrounds
in your neighbourhoods or a real time bus schedule. The
possibilities are endless with Apps and only limited to the
How are datasets
The first set of data was selected by using a web analytics
program. The frequency at which data was accessed from the Peel
Data website was used to determine the most popular data sets.
Spatial (GIS) datasets were selected based on information
maintained by the Region of Peel. The data selected was also
available to be converted into a machine readable and
What makes this data
different from what's already available on the Peel Data Centre
The data currently available on the Peel Data Centre website is
for the most part only available in html format. The concept of
Open Data is to provide information that is in machine readable
format. Data sets will be available for download in xls, csv, shp
and kmz formats allowing users to download and manipulate the data
at their own discretion. Glossary of Terms provides more
information on how to open and use the data types we provide.
How will the site
be expanded in the future?
Subsequent data set roll outs will be dependant on data made
available by other departments. Future data set releases will be
chosen by analyzing licensing agreements and by using a readiness
assessment conducted by the department.
What is a
A mashup is a web page or an application that combines two or more
data sets to create a new and useful tool from raw data. The value
in these mashups lies in the speed and limited resources needed to
produce practical day to day uses of raw data.
How can people
contact the Region about Open Data?
Feel free to fill out our feedback form or contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why can I not view some data
All data on Region of Peel's Open Data site is
machine-readable but some data sets require specific software
to view and use the information. Refer to the glossary of
terms for more information.
If you do not find a data set you are looking for please email