Open Data is raw, machine-readable* data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone.
It involves publishing datasets, which are essentially collections of data, often presented in tabular form. (The WSIB Covered Employment and Registered Claims category in the By the Numbers: 2015 Statistical Report is an example of a dataset.)
Although much of this information is already available on our website or in print, data in machine-readable formats can be put into spreadsheets or used to create useful applications, making it easier to consume, combine and interpret.
*NOTE: "Machine-readable data" is not a PDF file but Excel, CSV or other file format that can be read, analyzed and interpreted by software and analytics tools.
The WSIB’s Open Data program can provide a number of benefits, including:
Open Data is consistent with the right of access purpose of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Province of Ontario’s Open Data Directive.
WSIB’s efforts are part of larger initiative, the Province of Ontario’s Open Government Initiative. This initiative is intended to make government more open and transparent the people of Ontario. One of the ways to do that is to maximize access to government data, unless it is exempt for legal, privacy, security, confidentiality, or commercial sensitivity reasons.
One of the key principles of open data is to allow use and reuse with limited restrictions. The Open Government Licence – Ontario provides, for example that "You are free to: Copy, modify, publish, translate, adapt, distribute or otherwise use the Information in any medium, mode or format for any lawful purpose." For complete details, please review the licence (Appendix A of the Open Data Directive).
The WSIB’s Open Data program will not release personal information and will follow the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
We encourage you to provide ideas not only on data you’d like to see (and why), but also on potential use of the data (e.g. mobile/web applications you'd like to see).
Got an idea now? Let us know.