Supporting innovation and bold experimentation by promoting the reuse of existing resources.

In this visualization, library patrons are represented as a flock of birds constantly moving on the screen. Learn more.

What is open data?

Open data is data that is freely available in a convenient and modifiable form for anyone to use and redistribute as they wish without restrictions from copyright, patents or other restraints. 

Technology has allowed Concordia to collect large amounts of data and information on a variety of topics, which the university feels should be accessible to all. Concordia’s open data makes machine-readable data easy to access from a single point and free to reuse without copyright, patents or other restrictions.

Want to request a new dataset? Interested in submitting your own dataset? Contact

Get started:

  1. Make sure you’ve read and understood the Creative Commons Public License.
  2. Register to use the API and get a free developer key.
  3. If you prefer raw data, take a look at what’s available.
  4. Visit the documentation pages for examples and other resources.

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About the project

Seeing a need within the Concordia community, Concordia Library began spearheading the creation of an open data application programming interface (API) as part of the R. Howard Webster Library Transformation Project technology program. As an opportunity for active and collaborative learning, the project scope was expanded to encompass the entire university.


Bringing together a cross-functional team with representatives from Instructional and Information Technology Services (IITS), Concordia Library and Enrolment Services, open data was created to provide a freely available, centralized catalogue of university-wide data. 

The video footage at the top of this page is an example of the type of programs that can be created using open data. The open data team took one of the three.js library examples and added some logic to use the real-time library occupancy endpoint of our open data API as an input. The end result is a visualization where library patrons are represented as birds of a flock that’s constantly moving on the screen.

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