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Open Data & Its Value, MISA, London, Ontario, WorkshopPresentation Transcript
Open Data & Its Value“Today‟s Open Government – a New Approach to Public Service” Municipal Information Systems Association, Ontario Chapter London, Ontario, November 24, 2011
Defining „value‟Noun:• the regard that something is held to deserve• the importance or preciousness of somethingVerb:• Estimate the monetary worth of (something) According to Google.com, http://google.com/search?q=define:value
Open Data‟s „Value‟(as a noun)• In practice&theory, open data deserves praise – Its importanceis great – Extremely precious• It needs a fan club, cheering squad & an army – Not only open data, but its rock stars too • Public Sector: Elaine Gamble, City of London • Private Sector: – Businesses: rTraction, Echidna Solutions Corp., Microsoft – Individuals: Titus Ferguson, Noah Stewart, Gavin Blair
Open Data‟s „Value‟(as a verb)• It‟s priceless – It could be assigned an amount • but not at the beginning of its adoption • Only over time, after analyzing its use & reduction in Government spending• Its ROI… – is create in many forms (apps, engagement, etc.) – by many people (inside & outside government)• Public data is our greatest asset – With an enormous dollar amount assigned – Paid for by the public (your data = our data)
Value to GovernmentsComes in a variety of forms:• Public Engagement – The good and [maybe] not so good • informed criticism& critique – Paints pictures and assists in story telling for public understanding• Innovation – LTC‟s “WebWatch” vs. NextStop – City of London‟s “City Map” vs. Mashups – Documenting pollution via reports for citizens vs. Emitter.ca
Value to GovernmentsContinued• Economic Growth – For those cities who have businesses focused around the notion and practice of open government or data• Collaboration – Internally (ex: cross departmental) – Externally (ex: solve problems that are being faced)• Streamlined Processes – Through internally and externally developed applications – Example: City of Vancouver‟s use of ReCollect.net
Value to Businesses & Non-Profits• Streamline Processes – Through the reduction of man-hours spent performing grunt like tasks – Automate processes and tasks, allow for man hours to be spent well• Create new products and services – NFFTT‟s Public Fruit Mapping – Rocket Radar (for the TTC) – EatSure.ca• Improve existing products or services• Give back to the community at large – Engage with a larger audience & build communities
Value to Citizens• Its not just the “hackers” who get value – It‟s the average citizen too• Value is received through: – Making citizens lives easier • Seen in the creation of apps like NextStop, LondonTrash, eatsure.ca, Emitter.ca – Increasing knowledge and understanding – Self-empowerment
An analysis of NPOs in the City of London‟s GTA saved the GoC over approval for a Budget 3.2 billion dollars Data App Contest Currently activeCreating Value & Value CreatedCity of Vancouver received an OpenParliament.ca: Aims toanalysis of potential damages to increase transparency of thethe city by an architecture & Canadian Parliament.engineering firm if there wasever a tsunami Created by Michael Mulley There are countless examples where Open Data has created or is creating value
Its more then just releasing data(and creating apps)At the end of the day, its about…• Increasing transparency, collaboration & participation• Building a knowledge based community• Creating value and opportunities for – Governments, – Businesses, and – Citizens
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