Alberta's Open Data Portal Puts Raw Data Online For Study, Business
"Who knew that compared with the rest of Canada, Alberta is a Y chromosome extravaganza, with 101 men for every 100 women? Or that there were six cases of mumps in 2012, that 19 per cent of Alberta men say they binge drink, and that we share the road with more than 3,000 licensed drivers aged 90 or over? And that in Alberta, Big Tobacco isn't giving up without a fight. In the last decade the number of men who smoke has remained steady at 20 per cent. The data is among the reams of charts, graphs and searchable tables launched Tuesday by the Alberta government for intrepid researchers and entrepreneurs to either learn from or spin into commercial gold. Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar said the service is called the Open Data Portal. 'The portal marks a new beginning in the way the provincial government shares data,' Bhullar announced at the offices of a business consulting company in downtown Edmonton. 'It provides Albertans with a single access point for all publicly available provincial government data.'"