Frequently Asked Questions About Open Data in Sherbrooke

Would you like to know more about the open data published by the Ville de Sherbrooke and its partners? This FAQ may answer all your questions! πŸ€—

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Frequently Asked Questions About Open Data in Sherbrooke
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Last year, on December 6, 2021, the Ville de Sherbrooke adopted its Open Data Policy at its regular council meeting.

To celebrate its first anniversary, I decided to create this reference article on open data in Sherbrooke. πŸ₯³

This article may also help the participants of the next HackQC, an IT competition using open data, whose theme will be "Data at the service of the ecological transition". 😎

Are you ready to dig deeper into open data in Sherbrooke? πŸ˜‰

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Open Data?

Although I have already mentioned the term several times in this article, I have never defined this one. But what exactly is open data? See the definition on the linguistic showcase of the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF):

Non-personal raw data free of rights, produced or collected by a public or private organization, and accessible to citizens via the Internet.

These data are generally delivered in one or more open formats (not requiring proprietary software), to facilitate their reuse.

Why does the Ville de Sherbrooke publish open data?

As part of its open data policy, the Ville de Sherbrooke has identified several advantages to publishing open data:

  • data can be enriched and its potential increased;
  • the citizens can obtain the desired information themselves;
  • useful applications for the community or research can be established;
  • and it encourages innovation and sustainable economic growth.

Where can I find the Ville de Sherbrooke's open data?

The data can be found on the Partenariat DonnΓ©es QuΓ©bec website. As of this writing, 34 datasets have been released.

Jeu de donnΓ©es - DonnΓ©es QuΓ©bec
Datasets published by the Ville de Sherbrooke.

The open data produced by the geomatics team can also be consulted via a dedicated site linked to ArcGIS, a suite of geomatics software used by the Ville de Sherbrooke.

DonnΓ©es ouvertes de la Ville de Sherbrooke
Portail de donnΓ©es ouvertes de la Ville de Sherbrooke
Map data portal.

What open data does the Ville de Sherbrooke offer?

By combining the two previous sources, I was able to list the following 34 datasets:

  1. 🌎 Developed areas
  2. 🌎 Boroughs
  3. 🌎 Buildings
  4. ⚠️🌎 Municipal buildings and services
  5. Real-time event calendar
  6. 🌎 Contours and Digital Elevation Model (DEM)
  7. Dataset requests
  8. 🌎 Electoral districts
  9. Defibrillators
  10. Ecocentres - list and schedules
  11. Events - SociΓ©TIC
  12. Events in the Sherbrooke region (What to do - GVQ standardization)
  13. 🌎 Parking meters
  14. 🌎 Public Safety Incidents
  15. Login information
  16. Residual materials - Materials accepted
  17. Walls dedicated to temporary and permanent graffiti
  18. Where to eat?
  19. ⚠️🌎 Road works
  20. 🌎 Parking signs
  21. ⚠️🌎 Pools and beaches
  22. Cycle paths
  23. 🌎 Street snow removal priorities
  24. Urban perimeter
  25. What to do?
  26. Directory of businesses in the Sherbrooke region
  27. 🌎 Waste collection channels
  28. 🌎 Street Segments
  29. 🌎 Walking trails
  30. 🌎 Landmarks
  31. 🌎 Public car parks
  32. Park Recreational Structures
  33. Public transport
  34. 🌎 Work in progress
  35. ZAP: access points
  36. 🌎 Landslide areas
  37. 🌎 Flood zones

The datasets identified by a globe (🌎) are the datasets from the geomatics software ArcGIS.

As for those identified by an exclamation mark (⚠️), these datasets do not seem to be present on the Données Québec website yet.

Which Sherbrooke organizations participate in open data?

According to DonnΓ©es QuΓ©bec, the main organizations and paramunicipal organizations are, in alphabetical order:

Who to contact to request the release of new datasets?

According to the Open Data Policy, the Communications Department is responsible for receiving requests for new datasets. This service can be reached by email at

Under what license is the Ville de Sherbrooke's open data published?

All open data is released under the Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Creative Commons β€” Attribution 4.0 International β€” CC BY 4.0
CC BY 4.0 License Summary.

Under the terms of the license, it is therefore permitted to:

  • Share β€” copy, distribute and communicate the material in any format and by any means
  • Adapt β€” transform and create from the material for any use, including commercial

under the following conditions:

  • Attribution β€” The dataset must be credited and a link to its license must be embedded. In addition, all changes made to the data must be indicated. This information should appear, by all reasonable means, without suggesting that the dataset owner supports you in how you use their dataset.
  • No Additional Restrictions β€” No legal requirement or technical measure can prevent others from using the same dataset.

How do I know when the Ville de Sherbrooke publishes or updates datasets?

Those interested can subscribe to the Atom feed below with their favourite feed reader, such as Feedly.

DonnΓ©es QuΓ©bec - Custom query
Atom feed to follow Ville de Sherbrooke datasets, recently created or updated on the DonnΓ©es QuΓ©bec website.

Where can I find examples of research papers using open data on Sherbrooke?

I don't know if the Ville de Sherbrooke maintains such a registry, but here is a non-exhaustive list of research reports that I found while writing this article: