City Hall will be opening its doors to Open Data Day this Saturday, bringing together app developers, designers, City staff, policy wonks and interested citizens to examine, analyze and explore applications for open data in Vancouver.
“Making Vancouver a leader in Open Data has been a key priority of my work as Mayor, and opening up City Hall to Open Data Day is another way we’re looking to engage citizens and support our local technology and creative sectors in building a better city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Whether it’s supporting renters with our new Online Rental Standards Database or releasing data to help create apps for crime statistics or garbage pickup schedules, Vancouver’s Open Data leadership fosters innovation and makes life better for all Vancouver residents.”
Vancouver was one of the first cities in North America with an open data policy, and recently expanded upon that leadership with the City of Vancouver’s new Online Rental Standards Database. Other releases in Vancouver’s Open Data catalogue have included 311 contact centre data, weekend playfield status, animal control data, street tree locations, and much more. Vancouver is also the only city in British Columbia to post full Council expenses online.
Saturday’s Open Data event at City Hall is community organized and will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm. City staff from a variety of departments will be available to review examples of data the City has already made available, share stories of how it’s being used, and respond to questions and suggestions about how to use City information and data in innovative applications.
Registration is free and open at the following link:
For more information on the City of Vancouver’s leadership in Open Data, please click here to visit the City’s Open Data Catalogue:
The City of Vancouver’s Open Data team can now also be found on twitter at @VanOpenData