The City of Toronto Open Data site: home: www.toronto.ca/open
The City of Toronto Open Data site: catalogue: www.toronto.ca/open
The City of Toronto site: Casino Consultation: http://www.toronto.ca/casinoconsultation/
The City of Toronto Open Data site: Casino Survey Results: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/open_data/open_data_item_details?vgnextoid=26136f951f6dd310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=6e886aa8cc819210VgnVCM10000067d60f89RCRD
City of Toronto Open Data on Twitter: @Open_TO
City of Toronto Open Data on Twitter: https://twitter.com/zmatheson/status/322699128838684672 Zara Matheson, GIS Analyst + Research Associate, Martin Prosperity Institute http://twitter.com/zmatheson
The Lloyd & Delphine Martin Prosperity Institute: Insight: How Do You Feel About Having a New Casino in Toronto? http://martinprosperity.org/2013/04/11/insight-how-do-you-feel-about-having-a-new-casino-in-toronto/ …“ world’s leading think-tank on the role of sub-national factors – location, place and city-regions – in global economic prosperity.” Head: Professor Richard Florida Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
The Lloyd & Delphine Martin Prosperity Institute: Insight: How Do You Feel About Having a New Casino in Toronto? http://martinprosperity.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Casino-Support_Ex01_500px.jpg
The City of Toronto Open Data site: draft Open Data Apps page: www.toronto.ca/open
Dinesafe Toronto – Food Inspection Info: example of an iPhone/iPad mobile app created using Toronto open data http://dinesafe.to/app?utm_expid=68963201-0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fnews%2Fgta%2F2013%2F03%2F06%2Fnew_dinesafe_app_helps_diners_watch_where_they_eat.html Another example: Inspect Tor – Food Inspection Info: example of an iPhone/iPad mobile app created using Toronto open data https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/inspect-tor-toronto-food-inspection/id412898257?mt=8
Toronto Events: example of a Windows Phone mobile app created using Toronto open data http://www.windowsphone.com/en-ca/store/app/toronto-events/b9187724-d488-43d7-8b87-90e98166a6e7
Ride the City: example of a website using Toronto open data http://www.ridethecity.com/toronto Homezilla: example of a website using Toronto open data and mashing it up with other data http://www.homezilla.ca/ -- offers Canadian home buyers and agents a one-stop shop for neighbourhood data.
Toronto Street Trees: example of a website using Toronto open data
Toronto Waste Pickup Calendars: example of a website using Toronto open data http://laurenarcher.github.io/iCalTOWaste/ Lauren Archer using Github – collaborative work space to share code with over 3 million users
TABS The Transparent Accessible Bulletin System (TABS) is a tool for monitoring issues and actions in the City of Toronto. $735 raised on indiegogo – Goal: $20,000 6 days left “ TABS makes searching through government records easy. Search for keywords, add filters, discover related information, and signup to receive email alerts. If you are an engaged resident, policy expert, journalist or busy bureaucrat, this tool's for you.” Goals: Facilitate access to information regarding agendas and meetings at Toronto City Hall Enhance public awareness of, and participation in Municipal meetings Increase accountability at Toronto's city hall Save people and organizations time and effort they could be spending on other things This tool was conceptualized by the Toronto Public Space Initiative (TPSI) and developed by a group of volunteers, including TPSI staff, at Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK) Hackathon hosted at Mozilla Foundation's Toronto headquarters Dec 12 2012. TPSI Registered non-profit dedicated to enhancing public space through research, policy analysis and service provision.
MyCityHall.ca Toronto “ Help us build a free, online resource to help you monitor your representatives and influence decisions at City Hall” $1,724+ raised on indiegogo – Goal: $10,000 0 days left Open North Canadian non-profit, creates online tools to educate and empower citizens to participate actively in Canadian democracy. Two main strategies: Improve access to government information; Make participation easy fun and meaningful. Funded through contracted services, grants, sponsorships, awards and corporate and individual donations.
Open Cities The G4: Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver New York City: 250 city-specific apps; legislated open data program Chicago: CivicLab – non-profit dedicated to building, distributing and encouraging the use of new tools for civic engagement and government accountability [Investigate. Educate. Activate]; Civic User Testing Group – a set of regular Chicago residents who get paid to test civic apps. Boston: Adopt a Hydrant – citizens sign up to maintain hydrants ploughed in after snowstorms Honolulu: same for tsunami warning sirens and working batteries NYC, Washington DC, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Ottawa, Edmonton Open Data policies, Apps contests, hackathons Sunlight Foundation Code for America
Moovit: crowdsource trip planning based on real-time conditions: crowds, fellow users mapped, share with friends
Spot Agent: Need a parking space but not a parking ticket? In Baltimore, Spot Agent parses citation records meter by meter to show users where an expired meter is most likely to yield a ticket and, conversely, where enforcement officers tend to tread lightly. - See more at: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234904/City_living_There_s_an_app_for_that#sthash.GDkg5wvS.dpuf
Adopt a Hydrant One signature Code for America app is Boston's Adopt a Hydrant program, which solved a persistent and dangerous city problem -- hydrants plowed in after snowstorms -- by pairing concerned citizens with individual hydrants to maintain. Honolulu uses the same model to deputize citizens to make sure the tsunami warning sirens near their homes have working batteries. - See more at: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234904/City_living_There_s_an_app_for_that?taxonomyId=15&pageNumber=3#sthash.GIzlUqhD.dpuf
596 Acres: Committed to greening up your neighborhood? In New York, 596 Acres, created by a Brooklyn-based non-profit, gives would-be urban gardeners contact information for agencies that will grant them access to vacant lots. It also keeps tracks of projects started through the app, allowing like-minded green-thumbed Brooklynites to connect on a garden. - See more at: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234904/City_living_There_s_an_app_for_that#sthash.GDkg5wvS.dpuf
Art project about vacant buildings as a means for creating access to the city Open to the Public™ is an art project and platform that maps all the vacant and underused buildings in Preston City Centre, and aims to challenge the way that we look at the city. Empty spaces provide an opportunity to talk about ideas for the city, as well as to open up places for communities to shape. The concern of Open to the Public is to strengthen the role of the citizen in shaping their city, by reflecting upon ways to gain access to space and asking why it is often denied. In particular, we want to focus on squatting as a political strategy for interfering with urban planning and a tactic for building a new “urban commons”. Open to the Public offers an open platform to discuss the future of Preston. Open to the Public is an art project set up by Katja van Driel and Wouter Osterholt, and commissioned by In Certain Places.
The Zen of Open Data – Chris McDowell, data enthusiast, DigitalNZ, New Zealand http://blog.okfn.org/2010/10/12/the-zen-of-open-data/ “ Data hoarders love perfect data.” – Wendy Korthuis-Smith, State of Washington “ Maliciously obedient… articulation of strategic planning over implementation.” – Beth Blauer, GovStat, Socrata
So What is Open Government Anyway? City of Toronto: Practicing the philosophy: Part 2
Wish List• Planning data• Building outlines/3D• Fire hydrant locations• Recreation programs: # ofspaces, registrations – bylocation, program• Pool hours• Drinking fountains• Dispatch history for Firecalls• Food bank locations• Social housing locations• Public complaints aboutbusinesses• Permit parking• Winterlicious• City HR info: years ofservice, retirementeligibility -- by division• City trees• Zoning• Crime data• Sidewalks• 211 info
City of Toronto Open Data• website: toronto.ca/open• e-mail: email@example.com• twitter: @Open_TO• Google Group: DataTONancy Isozaki: firstname.lastname@example.orgDirector, Corporate Information PolicyCorporate Management Services, City Clerk’s OfficeTrish Garner: email@example.com; @trishgarnerManager, Web Strategy + Open DataInformation + Technology
The Zen of Open DataOpen is betterthan closed.Transparent is betterthan opaque.Simple is better than complex.Accessible is better than inaccessible.Sharing is better than hoarding.Linked is more useful than isolated.Fine grained is preferable to aggregated.Optimise for machine readabilityBarriers prevent worthwhile things from happening.‘Flawed, but out there’ is a million times better than‘perfect, but unattainable’.Opening data up to thousands of eyes makes the data better.-- Chris McDowell