On May 29, 2019, PSD formally launched the 2019 Open Cities Index (OCI) and Geospatial Maturity Index (GMI). The OCI was developed in 2015 in partnership with Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX) as an appraisal framework to gauge the maturity of municipal open data programs. The GMI was launched in 2018 to benchmark the maturity of a public sector organization’s GIS (geographic information system) program. Both indices capture data through a comprehensive survey, asking respondents to answer questions related to their organization’s open data and GIS program readiness, implementation and impact.
Since 2015, hundreds of towns, cities, police departments, and conservation authorities across North America have completed the OCI and GMI surveys in order to determine the state of maturity for their respective open data and GIS programs. Respondents have used the results of both indices to help create a strategy for building greater organizational capacity and maturity. Using a standardized survey allows for respondents to compare the results year after year, contributing to enhanced performance measurement. The highest scoring organizations for both indices are acknowledged for their excellence in open data and GIS program development.
The 2019 OCI and GMI surveys have launched simultaneously in an effort to maximize efficiency and facilitate cross-departmental collaboration during survey completion. Like in prior years, survey results will be presented separately for the OCI and GMI, however both sets of results will be announced together this fall. Both surveys close September 13th, providing respondents with nearly four months for survey completion.
If your organization has an open data initiative or a geospatial information systems program, be sure to complete the surveys to gain insight into how your organization compares to others internationally and across Canada. Respondents may also opt to receive a tailored Geospatial and Open Data State of Maturity Reports for their organization, providing an in-depth analysis of gaps in geospatial maturity and open data program development as well as recommendations to how best address those gaps. Please contact us for further details about receiving Geospatial or Open Data State of Maturity Reports for your organization: firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 GMI & OCI SCHEDULE
May 29th – GMI & OCI Surveys Open
September 13th – GMI & OCI Surveys Close
November 2019 – GMI & OCI Results Announced
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