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
City of Ottawa OpenData A Case Study MISA Ontario Annual Conference, Niagara Falls 2010
Outline Our Site (5 mins) How we got there (10 mins) What we learned (15 mins) Q&A (15 Mins) 2 MISA Ontario Annual Conference, Niagara Falls 2010
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.” MISA Ontario Annual Conference, Niagara Falls 2010 15
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) MISA Ontario Annual Conference, Niagara Falls 2010 16
Media MISA Ontario Annual Conference, Niagara Falls 2010 17
What’s Next More data App Contest (Fall/Winter 2010) Operationalize, standardize, & automate Open Data 2.0 (?) MISA Ontario Annual Conference, Niagara Falls 2010 18