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[News] Vancouver Chooses Freedom for Its Internal Data

  • Subject: [News] Vancouver Chooses Freedom for Its Internal Data
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:05:29 +0000
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City Hall Gets Naked: David Eaves and Vancouver's Open Source Era (part one)

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| David Eaves: Open Data involves getting 
| collected data online. The data portal, for 
| me, is a place where we centralize information 
| so that people can find it. Data can involve 
| surveys of anything. These surveys could range 
| from how many homeless people there are to the 
| geographical location of infrastructure in the 
| city.  
| This data can also involve the data that the 
| city generates, such as budgets and agendas. I 
| want to enable anyone to track whatâs going 
| on.  



Developers spin City of Vancouverâs open data into maps and VanTrash

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| Developers are already putting the City of
| Vancouverâs new open-data catalogue to good
| use.
| [...]
| More local open-data projects are listed on the
| Vancouver Open Data Wiki. Thereâs no doubt
| these are just the tip of the iceberg, as more
| projects will sprout up as time goes by and as
| more data is released.


Vancouver councillor proposes open IT standards

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| Vancouver's city hall recently passed a motion encouraging the selection of
| open data, standards and source code in future information technology (IT)
| procurement.


Advocates say open-source software is better

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| Advocates for open-source software are urging governments to embrace the
| concept, which they argue will save money, offer more flexibility and create
| better computer programs by encouraging collaboration.
| Open-source programs - which allow anyone to change or modify them - have
| been gaining popularity in recent years, from free consumer software such as
| the Firefox web browser to Internet servers and other complex applications.


Vancouver enters the age of the open city

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| BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Vancouver endorses the principles of:
| * Open and Accessible Data - the City of Vancouver will freely share with
| citizens, businesses and other jurisdictions the greatest amount of data
| possible while respecting privacy and security concerns;
| * Open Standards - the City of Vancouver will move as quickly as possible to
| adopt prevailing open standards for data, documents, maps, and other formats
| of media;
| * Open Source Software - the City of Vancouver, when replacing existing
| software or considering new applications, will place open source software on
| an equal footing with commercial systems during procurement cycles; and

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