"When Arthur Dent, of The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the
Galaxy, searched for the notice that his house was to be demolished
to make way for a new bypass, he eventually found it on the bottom
of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the
door saying, 'Beware of the Leopard.'
"Governments, large and small, generate vast amounts of
information. Finding the relevant piece of information in a timely
fashion is a challenge, and that's assuming that the government has
decided to share it with the public at all.
"Over the past year, Vancouver's city government has launched a
program to make large amounts of information to the public. These
datasets, posted online at data.vancouver.ca, include garbage
pickup schedules, drinking fountains and motor cycle parking, in a
wide variety of formats"
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