Brownﬁelds• Thousands of land parcels contaminated over the past few decades• Decontamination underway since 1970s• Pollutants: PAHs, Heavy Metals, PCBs• Data available on city of Montreal, and Ministère du développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs
MontrealOuvert• Open Data movement• Oct 2011 : launch of donnees.ville.montreal.qc.ca• Hackathons gathering programmers, users and experts to create new applications, and present data in a more appealing way
Team• Michael Lenczner Ajah.ca, IleSansFil, original idea• Heri Rakotomalala MontrealTechWatch, MTLStartupTalent, beta version of remtl.ca• Jason Prince CURA Coordinator, McGill, brownﬁeld expertise• Ben Harack Vision of Earth, contributor• Alok Mohindra monlab, looking to work in startups with a big vision
REMtl.ca : geolocation of brownﬁeldsCategories: • Contamination / Decontamination • Year & Level of decontamination • Groundwater • PollutantsUsers: • urban agriculture • real estate • academic research • environment advocacy • you?
Data scraping• Processing a big table for each “MRC” in QC• Less information than city of Montreal, but more entries• Python source on github.com/alokm/ remtlscraper
Ushahidi• Open source, born from the 2007 Kenyan presidential election crisis• Erik Hershman• REMtl: Adapting scraping data to Ushahidi format (categories, dates, making sense of the lingo)
What’s next?• Launch Feb 7th : “5 à 7” with various environmental groups and media• Objective: see interest from Montréalers, various directions of work possible, such as community gardens, fruit picking, further development of the back-end