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Open Data in real life -- putting out the trash

Oct 21, 2009, 09:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Hui)

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"The catalogue, launched in beta on September 15, makes the city's geospatial data on a variety of subjects freely available on the Web in standard formats. More data will be added to the catalogue over time.

"One site that's using the data is VanTrash, which was created by Luke Closs and Kevin Jones. It reminds users when their garbage is picked up. After entering your address or clicking on the site's map, you choose to receive reminders by e-mail or add them to your calendar. Inspired by a blog post by David Eaves, a public-policy expert and member of the Vision Vancouver executive, VanTrash takes advantage of the garbage collection schedule zones data from the catalogue."

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