The City of Edmonton has been dedicated to using technology to make municipal information more open, transparent and accessible since early 2009 through the use of the Open Data Catalogue. Through public and business engagement, collaboration and innovation Edmonton has become a leader in Open Government.
What is Open Government? For Edmonton it simply means using technology to increase citizen’s access to information. In doing so, we believe that residents can make more-informed decisions about their government and community.
Confidential and sensitive information held by the City will continue to be handled in accordance with existing protocols, and provincial and federal law.
Timeline and some of the highlights
February 18, 2009 - Edmonton Transit officially launched Google Transit trip planning, This app makes use of City of Edmonton geo-spatial data. At TransitCamp Edmonton on May 30, 2009, that data was made available to local developers. This was the first step towards Open Data and Open Government in Edmonton.
November 21, 2009 - Volunteers from the City of Edmonton and the local IT Community worked together to develop a one-day workshop to explore the possibility of an open data catalogue in Edmonton. Residents from both Edmonton and Calgary gathered to discuss opportunities, desired data sets, and the principles of creating such a catalogue.
March 6, 2010 - The City of Edmonton hosted the Open City Workshop. This event brought together community leaders, academics, students, technology enthusiasts and public sector employees to explore and advance the role of Open Information in Alberta's capital region.
July 2010 - Edmonton joins the other Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa to form the G4 -- a group working on creating a national data strategy for Canada.
April 9, 2010 - Sponsored by the City of Edmonton and Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner, CityCamp was an international unconference focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations in relation to progressing Open Government in Edmonton and region.
July 11, 2011 - Edmonton launches the second version of the Edmonton Open Data Catalogue
What’s in store?
Summer 2011 - We are working with the different branches and business areas across the City to track down more data that we can release in an open, machine readable format.
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|Title||Strategic Coordinator, Office of the CIO|