Open North

Founded in 2011, Open North is Canada’s leading not-for-profit values-driven organization specialized in open data and open government, community engagement, and open smart cities. Our mission is to drive research, capacity-building and network collaboration across and within sectors to advance the responsible and effective use of data & technology in order to achieve our vision of data and technology that empower transparent, accountable and inclusive communities. Through research and advisory services, we empower communities to reimagine how to use and govern data & tech, and make informed decisions in the public’s interest. Our work is grounded in transparency, accountability, civic participation and inclusiveness. We share the tools and knowledge we develop back to the community for all to benefit and move towards a better data and tech future.

About the Community Solutions Network Advisory Service

Open North is the lead technical partner of the Community Solutions Network, a program of Future Cities Canada, led by Evergreen and funded by Infrastructure Canada. 

Launched in the spring of 2019, the Community Solutions Network offers – at no cost to communities – a comprehensive Advisory Service for Canadian communities interested in developing and implementing open smart cities projects. The Community Solutions Advisory Service provides personalized data and technology related support by sharing knowledge, expertise, experience and guidance to municipal staff and Indigenous communities. 

The broader goal of the Community Solutions Network is to help communities build service area capacity and improve the lives of residents using data and connected technology approaches. The intended audiences of the Service are elected officials, high-level decision makers, and technical leads within cities and communities across Canada.

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