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  • Not here to convince you about OpenData, you will each make that determination on your own and based on the situation in your jurisdictions, my presentation is simply to present our experience, share some lessons, and answer any questions for those that are wondering about the “how”Also don’t want to say that this is the best way to do it, but just how we did it.Feel free to use and reuse the content from this presentation it’s available under creative commons license
  • Main pageSimple Hierarchy Get Data and TOU are probably most important, as is what’s new but will come back to that
  • Simple A-Z catalogWhen more populated may move to categories, e.g. P&R, Environment, Health, Finances, etc.Provide the format and nameWhen click on format you start the download (with “ok” screen)When click name you go to the meta data (descriptions)
  • Provides:DescriptionOwnerCurrencyAccuracy AttributesHelps users know if they should download data and how it can be interpreted/used.
  • Glossary describes the various types of data setsNot critical and we simply took most definitions from wikipedia.
  • Our Q&A was made up of some questions we assumed we would get. After some time and with the launch of our apps contest we’re hoping this turns into an FAQ based on what we hear from the public.
  • Critical component of the opendata movement.We have reused the agreement used by Vancouver, Toronto, and Edmonton.This agreement was put together by staff, consultants, and the legal team in Vancouver, and was reviewed and approved by our team.Will cover in more detail later, but there are some gaps with this license.
  • Back to the homepageFocus on the What’s New section. For now it provides links to collect feedback (a web form), Will include announcements for new releases, and we’re hoping to have at lease one main RSS feed Likely a twitter account will be launched shortlybut more importantly a link to a publically run website that is helping to vote on which data should be released.
  • Allows users to: create requests for data see what’s popular, most commented, most contentious, requests by tagsLinks to conversations hosted in google groups and a view of the conversations taking place
  • Public also created an apps directoryBreaks down by mobile, web site, and desktop
  • One created with the P&R dataCan visually see where things are, their attributes, e.g. Dog Parks, and look up facilities, e.g. Child care or tennis courts.Not sure what this might have cost us to make??
  • Mayor’s eGovTaskForce was the initial driver, and was published in 2008Covered a lot of areas: IT Governance Technology funding and planning Use of new technology And how to utilize the community for community improvement
  • Mayor’s eGov. Taskforce talked about three things related to Open Data Written before opendata had taken off and was approaching it at a different angle but the concept was the sameMotion IT directed to review current “data dissemination policy”, but approaching it from policy review standpoint, and no internal knowledge of open data. 1 year with nothing to show and had passed hands three timesIT and Comms partnership, looking at the world around us and what was happening with OpenData: Apps for Democracy, Vancouver, Toronto, etc.we saw Two choices: launch and respond, or ask for permission from the top (council) using the motion Decided IT Sub-Committee and to link to the motion report and reject the need for an opendata policy
  • Focus of Report:SE Theme: Client sat, efficiencies, trust in govEcon Dev: keeping up, local entrepreneurs (app developers), small businessesGoing the Council Route:Adds time, but with endorsement you have something to hold up to the data ownersAble to show we talked to community and they were asking for it (changecamp, public working group, inquiries, hackfest)Presenting the report allowed for delegations to attend which really made the difference; smart and relevant and engaged community members (developer, academic)“We don’t want your money, we want your data” (they were salivating)Hackfest: community led, clearly demonstrated value to council and CIOAfter that the report went straight threw and Council recommended a contest, not staff
  • Some of the related media response, also were a number of radio and tv interviews with public, councillors, and staffAll good new reports, none focused on lack of data, tou, privacy, resources, etc. Those were our perceived issues.
  • More Data Working with staff to go through the list of data requests as well as find any other interesting sets Working on our decision framework to support the business units in deciding what to release, but moving from can we release to “why couldn’t we release”App Contest Planned to run from Fall through Winter Will include a student and hopefully staff categories Should have criteria available soon Potential to work with NCR partners Want to demonstrate value and uniqueness for investmentOperationalize:Look to identify appropriate long time owner Possibly tied to web governance Looking for opportunities to automate some data releases, and including RSS feeds
  • What data? Public demand (using the dataott site, user feedback, direct requests both current and historic)Security and privacy (ranging from personal information to infrastructure information, certain financials – TBD)Resources (what is already available in those formats, what would it take to get it, vs. the demand)How will it be released (Terms of Use) Need to reduce liability while providing reasonable assurances to the users that they can/should repurpose the data Some cited issues (links to some great posts provided):Lack of version numbersNo notification to change in licensesDifferent licenses between jurisdictions Governing law and jurisdictions (when using data sets from multiple jurisdictions)Common and existing license agreements (creative commons, Public Domain Dedication License PDDL from OpenData Commons)We’re working with CPICC and Edmonton on a new TOU for all to use.Data Owners: apathy is biggest barrier. get involved early, understand opportunities for them (reduce work, better service, better image) responsible for maintaining the data, answering questions about the data, its accuracyApps and Mash-ups: Consider both, i.e. Ipod/blackberry/mobile apps are good, but so are mash-ups and possibly client apps, in particular to some groups Investigate ways to utilize the apps yourselves. Will be looking to university/college students to develop some for our use Figure out if you want to advertise them, ignore them, support them.If you do a contest, how will you derive value, will you allow apps developed elsewhere to be repurposed?Partnerships: Opportunity to not recreate the wheel. Look to work with other cities to get TOU, design, public tools, process, etc. Looks like vertical relationships will be harder than horizontal ones; Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver will be working together on common issues Province of Ontario is actively seeking support partnership on their application/mash-up contest Possibility for Nat’l Cap Region partnership..... Not holding our breathResources: Some data will take time to get ready and some are already ready, but need resources to manage site, might eventually belong in a stakeholder relations group, city managers office, clerk, communications, IM? Need someone that can help plan activities and set priorities and monitor obligations.
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Ottawa open data case (misa 2010) speakers v.2 Ottawa open data case (misa 2010) speakers v.2 Presentation Transcript

  • City of Ottawa OpenData
    A Case Study
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    Our Site (5 mins)
    How we got there (10 mins)
    What we learned (15 mins)
    Q&A (15 Mins)
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  • How We Became Open
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  • Drivers
    Mayor’s eGov Taskforce:
    Enhance resident participation in civic matter
    Share what we know with public
    Facilitate resident and business contributions
    Councillor motion:
    “review the City’s Data Dissemination Policy and make recommendations to amend the Policy to allow for Open Access to Public Data that will benefit the City and its citizens.”
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  • Report to Council
    Focus of Report:
    Background, context, and examples
    Link to Corporate Strategy – Service Excellence
    Benefits: transparency and information to the people, economic development, Ottawa's reputation as technology hub
    Recommendations (report)
    Adopt principles of OpenData
    Run a contest ($50k)
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  • Media
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  • What’s Next
    More data
    App Contest (Fall/Winter 2010)
    Operationalize, standardize, & automate
    Open Data 2.0 (?)
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  • Issues and Lessons Learned
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  • Q&A
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  • Resources
    City of Ottawa:
    Sean.McCaffrey@ottawa.ca
    Mark.Faul@ottawa.ca
    Robert.Giggey@ottawa.ca
    Council Report: http://is.gd/cI0QN
    Terms of Use:
    http://thetyee.ca/News/2010/04/26/OpenDataExperiment/
    http://weait.com/content/unintended-restrictions
    General Open Data:
    8 Principles: http://resource.org/8_principles.html
    OpenGov group on GovLoop: http://is.gd/cOktY
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