10 May 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Open Data forum in Oakville: May 16th 7-9pm

The Town of Oakville is hosting a forum to hear from the local community about the potential for Open Data in Oakville. The forum is intended to be an informal exchange of ideas between the Open Data community and Senior Town staff from policy, web and IT teams who are currently in the process of [...]

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07 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Recollect waste collection service comes to Halton !

Last week was Easter Monday, which means I wasn’t sure if our trash day was now a day later because of the holiday. Typically I check if it’s trash or recycling day by peeking outside to see if neighbours put their bins out. However this time around I really wasn’t sure, I didn’t see trash [...]

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15 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Hacking Open Data with the Finder Template and a Sandwich: Citizen-Ready Apps in Minutes

I’m re-posting a short how-to in honour of the last OpenDataDay hackathon. This uses City of Waterloo’s Open Data catalogue, which has a number of useful datasets, one of which I particularly liked for a small app project.  I decided to do my own “mini-hackathon” during my Saturday lunch break using the new Finder & Hero templates for Windows [...]

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16 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Milton Open Data Report: Gets the Costs & Risks, Misses on Benefits

The Open Data Report by Milton city staff is ready for council! At 2 pages long, it’s crisp, quite balanced, and does take into consideration costs & risks of an open data initiative by the town. Understated is the focus on CITIZEN VALUE of Open Data –  particularly when the minority of those “software developers and tech savy citizens” turn Data [...]

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16 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Open Data in Milton: Possibly in 2013

This tweet from Milton Councillor Rick DiLorenzo has re-ignited possibilities offered by Open Data: OpenData coming back 2 #Milton Council A&P committee tonite 7pm. Staff recommend add to 2013 budget as pilot project @OpenHalton The  ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING COMMITTEE  agenda for April 16, 2012 has this agenda item referencing the Open Data Report (CORS-07-12) prepared by Milton town staff: CONSENT ITEMS 1 Staff [...]

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20 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Do you need an API? It depends!

Peter Krantz published this article discussing whether Governments really need APIs for open data? Wouldn’t a “download” of a dataset suffice? My perspective: It depends! Is it one or multiple related datasets? Are you looking to expose the relationships between the datasets? How large is your dataset & do you have the infrastructure to support [...]

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07 February 2012 ~ 3 Comments

What happened, Milton?

Open Data in Milton, ON? Not quite yet, possibly not at all! But why? Things seem to progress so well with the Open Data motion!? What happened: Councilor R. Di Lorenzo withdrew his motion and asked staff to report back to council on the risks, benefits and costs involving the possible implementation of an Open [...]

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31 January 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Milton Open Data Motion

Today Milton, ON town council is considering an open data motion put forward jointly by two Milton councilors: Rick Di Lorenzo and Zeeshan Hamid. The motion specifically calls out Open Government, Open Data and Open Standards as the areas that contribute towards transparency, sharing of information, improving services, efficiency of government services and creating a [...]

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30 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Fighting Flu with Open Data

Happy 2012! Things have been busy on the Open Data front in the Halton Region – with Burlington, ON open data pilot announced and launched in the fall, and even some apps & visualizations of Parks Data built by open data hackers like Matt Down. Right before the holidays, I also heard from the Milton [...]

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22 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Burlington Parks

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 “long hanging fruit” dataset listing Burlington Parks / Facilities / Fields and Courts. The dataset released on Sep 19th was released as a spreadsheet with multiple tabs – [...]

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