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Citizens for Open Access to Civic Information and Data (CivicAccess) is a group of citizens which believes all levels of government should make civic information and data accessible at no cost in open formats to their citizens. We believe this is necessary to allow citizens to fully participate in the democractic process of an “information society.”


  1. To encourage all levels of governments (county/municipal, provincial, federal) to make civic data and information available to citizens without restrictions, at no cost, and in useable open formats.
  2. To encourage the development of citizen projects using civic data and information

Making civic data and information freely available to citizens is important because:

  • Citizen participation in decision-making is fundamental to democracy
  • Good decisions are made by informed citizens
  • Quality civic data and information are fundamental to keeping citizens informed in an “information society”
  • Taxes have already paid for civic data and information; therefore these should be made available at no cost to citizens
  • Citizen projects using civic data will generate innovative solutions to social, economic and environmental problems
  • Citizen projects using civic data will allow citizens to creatively plan their communities
  • This is what a democracy looks like!

The role of this wiki is to complement the civicaccess mailing list.

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