The field of IT is consistently changing at a rapid pace with new advancements, knowledge and solutions being introduced every day. Staying up-to-date is fundamental to the maturity and reliability of data work. The Benchmark Blog explores industry trends and emerging insights related to open data and geospatial programs in the public sector. Here, readers will also find announcements and content related to the Open Cities Index (OCI) and Geospatial Maturity Index (GMI) – two leading benchmarking surveys for the public sector.

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August 23, 2019

The Countdown is on! PSD’s 2019 OCI and GMI surveys deadline is September 13, 2019.

The deadline for organizations to complete the 2019 OCI and GMI surveys are nearing. For organizations that completed surveys in previous years, and for organizations looking to fill them out for the first time, PSD provides a synopsis of how the surveys have been enhanced from previous years to better ensure quality findings from survey results, which will be announced in November!

August 15, 2019

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA LAUNCHES NEW DATA PORTAL

DEDICATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announces the launch of ClimateData.ca. 

August 2, 2019

NEW STUDY LOOKS AT HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN MONITOR REPLACEMENT AND REPAIR OF STREET SIGNS

Geospatial scientists have developed a new program to monitor street signs needing replacement or repair by tapping into Google Street View images. The fully-automated system is trained using AI-powered object detection to identify street signs in the freely available images.

July 17, 2019

2019 GMI & OCI Surveys: New Questions

Since the inception of the first OCI survey in 2015, and later, the inaugural 2018 GMI survey, PSD has solicited feedback from respondents and each year, continues to modify the surveys to best align with industry standards, along with emerging trends within the respective fields. Below is a comprehensive list of additional and modified questions to the 2019 OCI and GMI surveys.

July 16, 2019

GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW DIGITAL & DATA TASK FORCE

Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, announced the members of the Minister’s Digital and Data Task Force. The Task Force is set out to create an Ontario Data Strategy.