Announcing #yycdata Camp

Civic Camp in partnership with Pixels and Pints and The City of Calgary will be hosting the first #yycdata Camp at the University of Calgary. The goal of #yycdata Camp is to discuss the opportunities where the use of public data can improve Calgary. (On March 22, 2010 Calgary City Council approved a pilot open public data…

2010 Year-End Blog Review

On this exact day (January 3) of last year I wanted to take a look back at the previous year as viewed through the eyes of my blog. At the time I said 2009 “was a good year for me personally and I think this blog shows some of the highlights that come to my…

What data should be included in the City of Calgary’s Open Data Pilot Project

The City of Calgary’s Open Data Pilot Project is set to begin this summer. (Despite recent attempts to quell the future of the project at a council committee meeting. More on that in a future post.) As the project is being mapped out moving toward a launch date, it’s important to note that it will…

City of Calgary fraud allegations and a simple open data solution

The process of transparency and accountability is one we often talk about – certainly some of the mayoralty candidates have put it at the top of their list of election issues – but rarely take steps to do much about. Often the idea boils down to “people need to vote to hold politicians accountable” or…

How open data came to be in Calgary

At this today’s Regular Meeting of Council, Calgary City Council passed their Open Data Motion. Obviously I’m beyond excited about the City of Calgary transitioning into a period of openness and accountability. Passing an open data motion should be seen as a gigantic step forward in rethinking how a government interacts with citizens and who really runs…