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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25 August 2011 ~ 1 Comment

3 Quick Wins for your Open Gov Initiative

If you’re a government agency evaluating ways to get started with your Gov 2.0 / Open Gov / Open Data initiatives, keep in mind these 3 simple strategies for a quick win: 1. Review the terms of use Even if your agency doesn’t have an Open Data policy, your agency’s website could have potentially restrictive [...]

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07 July 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Toronto’s Data: Open. Rinse. Repeat.

Yesterday’s article in Toronto Sun claims: Toronto’s data open but almost useless. The author argues that Toronto’s open data catalogue isn’t "truly open" because citizens need to rely on “web-savvy developers to do the hard work for them”. A corollary point is that Toronto’s open data is “almost useless” until the Government builds or implements [...]

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04 July 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Burlington Open Data focus group

The City of Burlington has invited anyone interested in open data / open gov / gov 20 community to participate in the following e-Gov Focus Group: Session 5: Targeted to OPEN DATA July 6: 7 to 9 p.m. Brant Hills Community Centre 2255 Brant Street Participants will discuss ideas on how e-Goverment can provide interested [...]

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22 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Halton & Hamilton Meetup Recap

Halton & Hamilton Meetup Recap

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead Wednesday night’s open data meet-up hosted by OpenHalton and OpenHamilton in Burlington brought out folks from Cambridge, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, Toronto and as far east as Stouffville, [...]

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06 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Collision Data

This morning’s tragic news about a pedestrian killed in a collision on Britannia road (via MiltonSearch) raises a question about data on similar collisions and accidents in the region. According to HRPS collisions statistics there were nearly 7,000 property damage collisions in 2009, with 1,178 injury collisions. What if there was a way to analyze [...]

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01 April 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Blowing Smoke

Blowing Smoke

Headlines like “Gas plant plume poses ‘no threat’ “ and “Plant’s yellow plume no cause for alarm” about Halton Hills Generating Station emissions, as well as statements like “It was just scrap; Plenty of smoke, little danger” mentioned in Hamilton Spectator post are great at driving home one message: Keep Calm and Carry On. But [...]

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31 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

3 Lessons from OpenHamilton Hackfest

3 Lessons from OpenHamilton Hackfest

Earlier this week some of us from OpenHalton: Mark, Aaron and I joined the Open Hamilton crew at their first hackfest. The Monday night meet-up was timed with the release of the municipal election candidate financial disclosures by the City of Hamilton. The objective: to lay the open data foundation for the 2010 Candidate financial [...]

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24 February 2011 ~ 2 Comments

I Sing the Data Open

I Sing the Data Open

Open Data is to Open Gov as the Body is to the Soul

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25 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Open Data Hackathon – Dec 4th

Things have been quite busy with open data in the last few months. Some of Open Halton team members Mark, Aaron, and myself have been head down working on Emitter.ca (Mark’s post on it here), and we were even featured in the front page of Oakville Beaver. Woo hoo! We are still getting some feeback [...]

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