Open databases

Open databases are the core component of the Linkable Open Data Environment (LODE). Several open databases have been released and more are in open development. You can contribute to their development by reporting new publicly available datasets released by municipalities, provinces or other organizations.

Open databases released

The Open Database of Buildings

The Open Database of Buildings

The Open Database of Buildings (ODB) version 2.0 contains approximately 4.4 million building footprints compiled from 65 sources.

The database is in GIS (Geographic Information System) format.

Release dates:

  • March 1, 2019 — Version 2.0
  • November 1, 2018 — Version 1.0

The Open Database of Educational Facilities

The Open Database of Educational Facilities

The Open Database of Educational Facilities (ODEF) contains addresses of educational facilities across Canada. In its current version it contains over 20,000 records compiled from both open sources and from publicly available data (with permission from the data owners).

The database is in CSV (comma-separated values) format.

Release date:

  • August 19, 2019 — Version 1.0

The Open Database of Healthcare Facilities

The Open Database of Healthcare Facilities

The Open Database of Healthcare Facilities (ODHF) contains the names, addresses and geo-coordinates of healthcare facilities across Canada. Facilities are classified by type. The current version (version 1.1) contains approximately 7,000 records compiled from open data sources, publicly available data, and data directly provided by sources for inclusion as open data.

The database is in CSV (comma-separated values) format.

Release dates:

  • August 7, 2020 — Version 1.1
  • April 17, 2020 — Version 1.0

The Open Database of Cultural and Art Facilities

The Open Database of Cultural and Art Facilities

The Open Database of Cultural and Art Facilities (ODCAF) contains the names, addresses, and geo-coordinates of a variety of cultural and art facilities across Canada, including museums, galleries, libraries and art centres. This database contains approximately 8,000 records compiled from both open and publicly available data sources.

The database is in CSV (comma-separated values) format.

Release date:

  • October 2, 2020 — Version 1.0

Open databases in development

The following open databases are in development. Most of the datasets used for their development are listed in the LODE GitHub repository. You can contribute to the development of these open databases by reporting additional publically available databases that should be considered for inclusion.

The Open Database of Addresses

The Open Database of Addresses

The Open Database of Addresses (ODA) is a database of civic addresses and their geo-locations. Development is ongoing through a collaboration with OpenAddresses.

When possible, open address records are linked to the Open Database of Buildings.

The Open Database of Businesses

The Open Database of Businesses

The Open Database of Businesses contains addresses of business name and locations. It also includes information on the type of business and legal nature of business, when supplied by the data providers.

The database is in development on the LODE GitHub repository, where you can submit suggestions for additional datasets.

The Open Database of Recreational and Sport Facilities

The Open Database of Recreational and Sport Facilities

The Open Database of Recreational and Sport Facilities contains the name and location of major recreational spaces and amenities across Canada (such as arenas, public pools, ski resorts, etc.). Facilities are classified by type. Records are compiled from both open sources and from publicly available data (with permission from the data owners).

The database is in development on the LODE GitHub repository, where you can submit suggestions for additional datasets.

The Open Database of Infrastructures

The Open Database of Infrastructures

The Open Database of Infrastructure contains the name and location of major transport and physical infrastructures such as airports, railway stations, bridges and elevated roads, etc. Infrastructures are classified by type. Records are compiled from both open sources and from publicly available data (with permission from the data owners).

The database is in development on the LODE GitHub repository, where you can submit suggestions for additional datasets.

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