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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper attends a news conference after a G8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 18, 2013.
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper attends a news conference after a G8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 18, 2013.
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Five reasons to pay attention to Canada's new open data portal

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With the launch of a new “open data” portal yesterday, Canadians now have more government information at their fingertips than any point in history. The website contains more than 186,000 datasets, giving researchers and app developers access to everything from motor vehicle collisions over the last 13 years to weekly chicken export reports.