With the Burlington Open Data pilot in full swing, the very first piece of data in the Halton Region released under an Open Data license became the â€ślong hanging fruitâ€ť dataset listing Burlington Parks / Facilities / Fields and Courts.
The dataset released on Sep 19th was released as a spreadsheet with multiple tabs â€“ and formatted to make it easy for citizens to consume with spreadsheet software.
Within a few hours, I built a Burlington Parks Finder app (web & smartphone mobile), which was a quick adaptation of the Vancouver Parks Finder, previously built using Vancouverâ€™s park listing from their open data catalogue. As with Vancouverâ€™s data, the application leverages the SIMILE Exhibit software, which makes it easy to build map / search applications even for those with limited developer skillz (read: thatâ€™s me )
This is open data in action â€“ an example where cities can leverage each otherâ€™s open data initiatives to release (and improve upon) datasets, which are similar in formats, schemas and range of information. This makes it extremely easy to customize and re-use in similar type applications â€“ saving time for developers, and providing immediate value to citizens.