Open Data

Open Data

Photo of the collections warehouse

Ingenium is releasing open data to enable use in innovative and value-added ways. The machine readable data is open to use by programmers, researchers, students, hackers, builders, or anyone interested in the Museums’ collections and operations.

Developers are encouraged to have fun and mash up this unique and fascinating data:

The collection and research pages showcase highlights of the collection.

Ingenium’s open data is released under the Government of Canada Open Government Licence.


The Collections warehouse

Artifact Open Data Set: mash up the past, map the future

Have some fun and mash up open data on unique Museum artifacts from the iconic to the innovative to the downright weird.

Go to Artifact Open Data Set

Open Data Projects (Click to expand)

Check out creations by independent developers using Ingenium’s open data.

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What is Open Data? (Click to expand)

Open data is data that can be freely used and reused by anyone in new and unanticipated ways — subject only to minimal requirements such as attribution. There are a few key principles behind open data:

Permissive licensing  — to enable use, reuse, and redistribution, data must be provided under terms that enable third parties to reuse data, including intermixing with other data sets, with minimal or no legal or policy constraints. There should be no restrictions against specific fields or groups of users (e.g., “non-commercial” or “education-only”).

Data availability and accessibility — data must be readily available, such as by download over the Internet. Data also needs to be in a convenient and modifiable format that enables reuse by programmers who may develop new applications. Typically, this is a machine readable format such as structured XML or equivalent.

Data discoverability – it is important that data be findable. Open Data relies extensively on some form of metadata to catalogue the data.

Why release open data? (Click to expand)

Ingenium is releasing open data

  • to improve access to information about Ingenium’s collections and operations
  • as part of the Ingenium’s commitment to transparency and accountability

Ingenium’s mandate includes sharing knowledge about the impact of science and technology on the lives of Canadians. With more than 100,000 artifacts in the collection, highlighting Canadian achievements in science and technology over the past 150 years, the Museums’ challenge is sharing these fascinating artifacts with as many Canadians as possible. The Government of Canada’s Open Data initiative provides a useful and accessible way of sharing the collection with everybody. 

The release of open data also supports the Government of Canada’s commitment to open science and open government.

It is hoped that with access to this data Canadians will make discoveries, and will create new and unanticipated applications. Contact Us if you have any questions, and to share your discoveries and creations.

Open Data License (Click to expand)

Ingenium’s open data is released under the Government of Canada Open Government Licence. This licence allows you to copy, modify, publish, translate, adapt, distribute, or otherwise use the information in any medium, mode, or format for any lawful purpose, so long as you acknowledge the source of the information, and provide a link to the licence where possible.

Ingenium’s open data is licensed “as is,” and Ingenium excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities, whether express or implied, to the maximum extent permitted by law. Ingenium is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information, and will not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury, or damage caused by its use or otherwise arising in connection with this licence or the information, even if specifically advised of the possibility of such loss, injury, or damage.

This licence applies to all open data sets released on the Ingenium’s websites.

Please refer to the Government of Canada Open Government Licence for full details and exemptions.


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