When the Analytics Centre of Excellence (ACE) was formed in 2015, a strategy document was prepared that outlined ACE’s vision, mission, activities, and scope. As you move forward in creating your own data and analytics programs, we recommend that you refer to this document to gain insight to the purpose and vision behind ACE. ACE will be refreshing this document in the first quarter of 2017.
Building an Analytics Culture
In order to build a successful analytics program, you need to first build knowledge and understanding of analytics within your team. ACE has made a concerted effort to foster an analytics culture within the City of Edmonton, providing a variety of online and in-person opportunities for employees to improve their data literacy and analytics knowledge.
Open City Data Hub
The City is looking to transform how it manages and leverages its data and information assets. One of the mechanisms of this transformation will be the implementation of a centrally managed Open City Data Hub (OCDH). In general terms, a data warehouse is a central storage system for enterprise data. It is designed to give a one window view of data from across the City, creating access to accurate, reliable, transparent and consistent data, using the definitive source of data, in order to support more informed decision making.
Open Data Toolkit
The Open Data Toolkit includes a series of documents used at the City of Edmonton in supporting the Open City Initiative. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide guidance to those interested in creating their own Open Data strategy, policies and procedures.
Open Data Hosting
The City of Edmonton helps other organizations make their data open. The City offers to host up to five of an organization’s datasets and make them publicly accessible via the City of Edmonton’s Open Data Catalogue at no cost to the organization.
Public engagement is a driving factor in the success of the Open Data and Analytics programs at the City of Edmonton. From our twitter account, to our blog, to the Tableau Public visualizations we deliver using Open Data, we are striving to engage and empower citizens’ use of data.
The City of Edmonton created a fun easy to understand whiteboard video to promote and explain open data at the City of Edmonton. The promotional video demonstrates how to use the Open Data catalogue as well as giving viewers some examples of some of the data that is available to view and download..
Open Analytics external website
ACE launched the Open Analytics website in early 2016 to showcase some of the exciting projects the city is working on using Open Data. The site provides tools to empower citizens to use open data to gain their own insights. Ensuring the regular authoring and publication of relevant content – such as step-by-step tutorials, project showcases and interactive data visualizations – is crucial to the success of this initiative.
As interest in data- and information-based tools is growing within the City of Edmonton community, Open City is exploring the idea of a co-ordinated approach to training on these topics. We are in the early planning stages of a process we hope will bring together existing data and analytics training at the City, and eventually introduce additional courses to address the needs of both generalists and specialists.
Tableau Training materials
In 2016, the Analytics Centre developed a course called Getting Started with Tableau. The course provides employees who are interested in using Tableau in their work a quick way to get up to speed with the main features and functionality. With two sold-out offerings since its creation, and more planned in the near future, the course is clearly filling a need for City employees.