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David Eaves's Blog – November 2011 Archive (12)

Canada’s Foreign Aid Agency signs on to AITI: Aid Data get more transparent

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Added by David Eaves on November 30, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

International Open Data Hackathon, Dec 3rd. It’s coming together.

So a number of things have started to really come together for this Saturday Dec 3rd. I've noticed a number of new cities being tweeted about (hello Kuala Lumpur & Oakland!) and others adding themselves to the wiki. Indeed, we seem to be above 40 cities. It is hard to know how many people will be showing up in each given city, but in Vancouver I know that we already over 20 registered, while in Ottawa they are well above 40.…

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Added by David Eaves on November 29, 2011 at 5:46am — No Comments

Statistics Canada Data to become OpenData – Background, Winners and Next Steps

As some of you learned last night, Embassy Magazine broke the story that all of Statistics Canada's online data will not only be made free, but released under the Government of Canada's Open Data License Agreement (updated and reviewed…

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Added by David Eaves on November 25, 2011 at 8:13am — No Comments

The Canadian Government’s New Web 2.0 Guidelines: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Yesterday, the government of Canada released its new Guidelines for external use of Web 2.0. For the 99.99% of you unfamiliar  with what this is, it's the guidelines (rules) that govern how, and when, public servants may use web 2.0 tools such as twitter and facebook.

You, of course, likely work in organization that survives without such documents. Congratulations. You work in a place where the general…

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Added by David Eaves on November 23, 2011 at 5:43am — No Comments

The New Government of Canada Open Data License: The OGL by another name

Last week the Minister Clement issued a press release announcing some of the progress the government has made on its Open Government Initiatives. Three things caught my eye.

First, it appears the government continues to revise its open data license with things continuing to trend in the right direction.

As some of you…

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Added by David Eaves on November 20, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments

If you are in Vancouver Vote Open Data, Vote Vision

If you are a Vancouver resident tomorrow is election day. I'm hoping if you are a resident and a reader of this blog, you'll consider voting for Vision Vancouver.

As many of you know just over two years ago the city launched Vancouver's Open Data portal - the first of its kind in Canada and the second municipal open data portal in the World.

This didn't happen by chance. It took leadership from…

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Added by David Eaves on November 18, 2011 at 2:42pm — No Comments

International Open Data Hackathon Updates and Apps

With the International Open Data Hackathon getting closer, I'm getting excited. There's been a real expansion on the wiki of the number of cities where people are sometimes humbly, sometimes grandly, putting together events. I'm seeing Nairobi, Dublin, Sydney, Warsaw and Madrid as some of the cities with newly added information. Exciting!

I've been thinking more and more about…

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Added by David Eaves on November 15, 2011 at 4:41am — No Comments

How Architecture Made SFU Vancouver’s University

For those unfamiliar with Vancouver, it is a city that enjoys a healthy one way rivalry between two university: the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU).

Growing up here I didn't think much of Simon Fraser. I don't mean that in a disparaging way, I mean it literally. SFU was simply never on my radar. UBC I knew. As high school students we would sneak out to its libraries to study for finals and pretend we were mature than we were. But SFU? It was far…

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Added by David Eaves on November 14, 2011 at 6:09am — No Comments

Open Data Day – a project I’d like to be doing

As some readers and International Open Data Hackathon participants know, I'm really keen on developers reusing each others code. All too often, in hackathons, we like to build something from scratch (which can be fun) but I've always liked the idea of hackathons either spurring genuine projects that others can reuse, or using a hackathon as an excuse to find a project they'd like support and contribute to.

That's why I've been really…

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Added by David Eaves on November 10, 2011 at 2:58am — No Comments

Weaving Foreign Ministries into the Digital Era: Three ideas

Last week I was in Ottawa giving a talk at the Department of Foreign Affairs talking about how technology, new media and open innovation will impact the department's it work internally, across Ottawa and around the world.

While there is lots to share, here are three ideas I've been stewing on:

Keep more citizens safe when abroad - better danger zone…

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Added by David Eaves on November 7, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Gov 2.0: Network Analysis for Income Inequality?

I’ve been thinking a lot about these two types of graphs at the moment.  This first is a single chart that shows income growth for various segments of the US population broken down by wealth.

This second is a group of graphs that talk about pageviews and visits to various websites on the internet.…

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Added by David Eaves on November 4, 2011 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Using Open Data to drive good policy outcomes – Vancouver’s Rental Database

One of the best signs for open data is when governments are starting to grasp its potential to achieve policy objectives. Rather than just being about compliance, it is seen as a tool that can support the growth and management of a jurisdiction.

This why I was excited to see Vision Vancouver (in which I'm involved in generally, but was not involved in the development of this policy proposal) announced the other day that, if elected, it intends to…

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Added by David Eaves on November 3, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

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