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Vancouver City Hall's Open Data Experiment

Apr 27, 2010, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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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