Sustainable Innovation with Open Data Luke Closs Founder, Recollect.net
This guy, so what?• Builder of software products & services• Have worked with Silicon Valley startups and large enterprises• Many roles: developer, coach, consultant, architect, product designer• Many years focused on The Web
Open Data, so what?• Interested in open data since Vancouver’s Open3 motion in 2009• Worked on many open data projects: • VanTrash, Budget visualization, gut, Parliament scrapers, Corporate registry tools, Election ﬁnance tools, Recollect, Open Data catalogues, Marine AIS Trafﬁc, CKAN, datadotgc.ca, sidewalk chalk dataviz, hackathons, Open Data Day, …• Started an open data business!
This talk, so what?(Let’s decompress my talk title, it’s not all buzzwords, I promise!)
Small Innovations• Lots of small / cheap / free innovations are being created.• Innovations are lost because cities cannot endorse them.• They are too cheap for cities!
Nobody will use this• It’s not ofﬁcial, it’s not even linked to.• IT won’t take it on without a SLA.• There is no business to provide a SLA.• If there was, the cost would be too low.• This project will never improve.
Why is that bad?• The city can’t do cheap things• The city can’t collaborate with citizens• This limits opportunity for new vendors to provide greatly cheaper services.
• People will use non-standardized data • … but it’s really hard to scale out • … and it means we need to re-invent the wheel for each municipality
• Certain problems won’t be tackled• Innovations won’t spread
Standards can be simple!• Don’t make them more complex than they need to be.• Standards are just agreements• Use web friendly standards• Avoid proprietary standards! • Avoid anything that requires proprietary tools to work with
In closing• Open data allows new innovations: • which provide new services • which make life better • which makes vendors compete on service and price • which can radically lower IT costs
Thank you• I’d love to hear why I’m right or wrong.• I’d love to bring Recollect to your city. • 20% off ﬁrst year of service for conference attendees!• firstname.lastname@example.org or @lukec