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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

 was a user-driven local news site based in Toronto, with in five other Canadian cities, , , , and , and .

OpenFile was . The site relied on users to direct its news coverage, inviting them to start a “file” (the site’s founders chose the term to suggest the dynamic process of newsgathering) for a local news story, then allowing other users to add to the file. The site’s editors produced professionally reported additions to selected files.

The site in September 2012 and in February 2013, though Dinnick left the door open for a relaunch.

OpenFile’s content was , rather than culture and the arts. It also on local subjects and as well.

The site had  who worked on contract, and it received from an anonymous Canadian corporate source. Its owners expressed hopes to initially earn revenue through advertising and eventually to to other Canadian cities and eventually the United States. It sold advertising , but it could not sustain the site’s operations.

The site also , with bonuses based on pageviews and frequent updates. As of October 2010, OpenFile had based in and around Toronto. Many of those freelancers when the site shut down.

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