first_img Two Nova Scotians using the data in their business are Alastair Jarvis and his business partner Will Martin. They created WoodsCamp, an online tool that uses the province’s forest inventory data to match woodlot owners with loggers and markets for their timber. “Data-rich problem spaces are ripe for social enterprises whose job it is to find new business models to solve problems that governments don’t have the time or resources to take on effectively,” said Mr. Jarvis. “Making government datasets available to innovators invites experimentation and innovation that delivers impact.” Mr. Jarvis believes others will use open data as a foundation for innovation. To watch a video on how he uses the data portal in his work, click here, Nova Scotia launched the open data portal to give free, easy access to a wealth of government information. The portal was expanded several times over the past year to include data collections, high-resolution 3D maps and some information previously only available for a fee. The portal has received about 300,000 page views and 8,000 downloads. The most accessed datasets include public service information, historical vital statistics and environmental monitoring reports. The site has logged visitors from all over the world and more than 60 per cent of visitors return. Open data is just one way government is being more transparent. Earlier this year, Nova Scotia became the third province to start posting completed Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) requests online. Over the last few years, government has made other great strides in becoming more transparent by posting ministerial expenses, funding investments and creating forestry harvest maps. The website address is Nova Scotians are using data to create new opportunities and innovations while government continues to make more information available. Government is marking the first anniversary of its open data portal by making more than 50 new and refreshed data collections available to the public today, Feb. 7. This brings the total number of datasets publicly released over the past year to nearly 400. “The open data movement continues to grow in our province and our portal is a valuable tool many entrepreneurs, students and citizens can use to access information,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotians are finding new ways to use data to innovate, solve problems and grow the economy.” The open data portal presents information in an accessible, easy-to-work-with format. Among the new datasets added today are: provincial immigration nominee program statistics, 2012-2015 community and family services program access African Nova Scotian family names No. 2 Construction Battalion nominal roll farm registrations Nova Scotia Museum locations funding programs, grants and awards employment service centre locations school boards and public school locationslast_img read more

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019. TORONTO — The head of Kik Interactive Inc. says he’s prepared to drive the company into bankruptcy in a fight with the U.S. securities regulator over the future of its Kin cryptocurrency.Founder and CEO Ted Livingston says he wants to face off against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as possible to resolve the lawsuit launched by the regulator that he says is crippling the Kin cryptocurrency and preventing the company from making money.Livingston’s comments Wednesday at the Elevate tech conference in Toronto comes two days after he announced that Kik Interactive would cut most of its staff, shut down its Kik Messenger app, and focus all efforts on the Kin cryptocurrency that it launched in 2017.He said in a blog post Monday that the company would trim down to 19 staff, affecting more than 100 employees. The company said on Wednesday that the Kik team would stay intact and move to a new company being set up in Waterloo, Ont., but declined to provide further details.The SEC has accused Kik Interactive of conducting an “illegal” US$100 million securities offering when it initially sold the Kin cryptocurrency, while the company maintains that the currency is not a security.Livingston says he hopes to go to trial against the SEC next May in an effort to save a cryptocurrency he believes has vast potential. The Canadian Press read more