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[News] Vancouver's Open Source Era and Other New Manifestations of Openness

  • Subject: [News] Vancouver's Open Source Era and Other New Manifestations of Openness
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:15:41 +0000
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The Death of Journalism: David Eaves and Vancouver's Open Source Era (part two)

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| Iâm not sure if itâs an explicit demand, so 
| much as a behavioural shift. People donât 
| trust anybody anymore. People donât see the 
| Vancouver Sun as an authoritative news source 
| that they should implicitly trust. And they 
| certainly donât see 24hrs or Metro that way. 
| These things are rags that people get bits of 
| information from. People are disappointed 
| when they find out that these news sources 
| have lied to them, but they arenât shocked. 
| Traditional media is no longer the authority. 
| It's not so much that people are organizing 
| against the media, but they prefer more 
| transparency. People want the opportunity to 
| know whatâs actually going on.
| In terms of the open data portal, there may 
| only be a small percentage of residents who 
| go and look at the data. But the fact that we 
| have the option of knowing...thatâs really 
| powerful. 


Open-source car firm proposes new business model



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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