The Halifax Open Data Catalogue
As part of Halifax Regional Municipality’s commitment to improving citizen engagement and enhancing transparency and accountability to its residents, the municipality is pleased to provide public access to its data. Open Data is a permanent service provided to citizens and businesses to access data free of charge in machine readable format.
Open Data – The idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanism of control. (Wikipedia)
Updates and New Datasets
The municipality will continually update the Open Data Catalogue and add new datasets. Most of the data is updated on a weekly basis. The datasets do not contain any personal information.
Using This Site
Use the search bar at the top of the page to find data relating to topics of interest. As you browse through the different datasets, the extent of each will be displayed on the map. Once you find what you are looking for, select the dataset from the list to be able to view the data and get options for download. This application should be viewed using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer 11 or above.
June 21st, 2017 – Great news! Three key datasets related to fire assets, winter maintenance and street routing are now available. Fire Services has released the location of Dry Hydrants. Transportation and Public Works has released; Ice Routes for snow clearing and the priority of service; and Street Junctions for locations of intersections and crosswalks.
Furthermore, we are very pleased to announce a collaboration with Halifax Water to host their open data datasets. Halifax Water Hydrant and Halifax Water Catchbasin are now available for download within the Halifax Open Data Catalogue, with the hope of more collaboration in the future.
May 3rd, 2017 – Datasets which experienced a scheme change as a result of the February 8th implementation, identified with the prefix of “Old” in the dataset name, will be removed from the catalogue on May 10th, 2017. In addition, the coordinate system of our datasets has been updated from MTM Zone 5 ATS77 to WGS 84.
February 8th, 2017 – The long awaited release of new datasets to the Open Data Catalogue has finally arrived. We are pleased to release 5 new datasets: Building Details, Outdoor Recreation Areas, Outdoor Recreation Equipment, Polling Districts 2012 and Polling Divisions 2012.
Four datasets in our current catalogue have experienced some changes resulting in new fields being added or deleted. To assist developers with the transition, the former dataset will include (old) after the dataset name indicating that the dataset will be removed from the Open Data catalogue on May 10th, 2017. Developers should redirect their applications to the following datasets as the API keys will change: Bus Stops, HRM Park Recreation Features, HRM Parks and Parking Meters. See Release Changes for a complete list of all the changes. We have also enabled datasets to be downloaded in file geodatabase format, a new feature recently released through ESRI Open Data upgrades.
February 1st, 2017 – Halifax Transit is launching the data feed to developers as a beta release. During this time, our team is monitoring the service for any issues and, only under rare circumstances, it may be necessary to turn off the service to address any technical problems that come up. Users of the real-time data may experience downtime or possible inaccuracies in data quality until our team has resolved any issues that are found.
Other Downloadable Data
Halifax Transit live bus schedules and associated geographic information, released in the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) real-time feed specification.