Edmonton Public Library's mission is "we share." In our Shared Values document - PDF, we assert our public role as a champion of ideas, community activators, knowledge seekers and open to all. True to our mission and values, EPL declares our support for the open data movement and recognizes the principles of the G8 Charter on Open Data.
By recognizing the Charter, EPL accepts our responsibility as a public institution to work towards sharing all of our data by default, while recognising that there are legitimate reasons why some data cannot be released. Following the charter, the data we release will be:
- High-quality, timely, comprehensive and accurate
- Provided in plain clear language with thorough metadata
- Available in formats readable by both machines and people
Additionally, we accept responsibility for sharing our technical expertise and experience with other organizations, documenting our open data standards and publishing practices online in the interest of transparency, working to increase open data literacy and encouraging citizens to unlock the value of open data.
Each year, EPL celebrates International Open Data Day by hosting a free Open Data Day event where we invite hackers, developers, designers, statisticians and anyone with an interest in data to spend the day experimenting and creating with open data.