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Brian Pincott on Open Data at Calgary City Hall

By DJ Kelly July 23, 2009

Brian Pincott on Open Data at Calgary City Hall

Hat tip to Grant Neufeld for filming and editing this video of Calgary City alderman Brian Pincott discussing why he sees a need for open data protocols and expectations from the City of Calgary.

I agree with him entirely except for his last point about data mining. If privacy and security concerns are met I don’t see any reason why a private company could not utilize the City’s data. Sure they may make a mint off of it (the odds of that may be slim) but that’s the trade off for making this info available. It’s available to everyone for whatever purpose they can dream up.

I may change my opinion on this however if smarter people than I can convince me of the evils of this kind of data mining though.