The other day Zac Townsend published a piece, “Introducing the idea of an open-source suite for municipal governments,” laying out the case for why cities should collaboratively create open source software that can be shared among them.
I think it is a great idea.…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 11, 2013 at 9:26am — No Comments
So International Open Data is rapidly approaching! All around the world people are organizing local events to bring together developers, designers, policy wonks, non-profits, government officials, journalists, everyday citizens and others to play, chart, analyze, educate and/or build apps with open data.
For those of us who started International Open Data Day, it was never designed to be just a hackathon. Rather we’ve always wanted it to be an…Continue
Added by David Eaves on February 6, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments
Almost three years ago (although I only worked up the nerve to post it two years ago, so sensitive is the topic) I wrote a blog post about First Nations youth, and how I suspected they were going to radically alter Canada’s relationship with First Nations, and likely change the very notion of how people understand and think about First Nations…Continue
Added by David Eaves on January 31, 2013 at 9:41am — No Comments
I spent much of last week in Alberta which, as anyone who has traveled across Canada knows, is a very different place from BC. While there, it became increasingly clear that talking about the oil sands in general, and the northern gateway pipeline in particular, was verboten. I spent my week in a Fawlty Towers episode: whatever I did… I couldn’t mention the
It was interesting contrast since, in British Columbia, it is virtually accepted that the Northern…Continue
We are Canadians who have been actively involved with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) process, including by participating in the OGP meeting in Brasilia in April 2012. The OGP is a joint government – civil society initiative to promote greater openness, participation and accountability in countries which have already attained a minimum standard of openness. Canada joined the OGP in September…Continue
Added by David Eaves on January 11, 2013 at 4:19pm — No Comments
I’m traveling for business and that means several things. Most predictably it means come the evening, I’m getting on a tread mill to exercise.
I’m in Edmonton. It’s cold. Like -24C (-11F) cold.
For whatever reason, while running the TV in front of me brings up Til Death Do Us Part a sort of reality TV show about a pleasant but tough financial advisor Gail Vaz-Oxlade who descends upon impoverished couples and…Continue
Added by David Eaves on January 11, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments
As many readers are likely aware, two weeks ago The Journal News, a newspaper just outside of New York city, published a map showing the addresses and names of handgun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. The map, which was part of a story responding to the tragic shooting in nearby Newtown,…Continue
Added by David Eaves on January 7, 2013 at 3:45am — No Comments
Somewhere along the lines I remember learning the line “those who cannot do, teach.” I’m sure there are many instances where this is true, it’s just not what I remember when I think of the great teachers I have had, or my own experience.
Part of this crystallized for me a couple of weeks ago when I had the pleasure of being part of the Academy of Achievement Summit. Of the…Continue
Added by David Eaves on December 24, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments
I’ve always felt that a lot of innovation happens where resources are scarcest. Scarcity forces us to think differently, to be efficient and to question traditional (more expensive) models.
This is why I’m always interested to see how local governments in developing economies are handling various problems. There is always an (enormous) risk that these governments will be lured into doing things they way they have been done in developing economies (hello SAP!). Sometimes this makes…Continue
Added by David Eaves on December 23, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments
Just a brief update for those interested in participating in or organizing an event for International Open Data Day on February 23rd, 2013.
The Open Data Day wiki (sans logo, so a little rough around the edges) is now live and ready for action.
The wiki is where organizers can list the city in which they’ll be putting together an event and where interested…Continue
Added by David Eaves on December 14, 2012 at 2:41am — No Comments
It is interesting to watch Ingram take on, and have to rebut, the problematic…Continue
So last week the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) effectively shut down Uber in Vancouver by compelling the rides they arrange must charge a minimum $75 a trip, regardless of distance. Shortly after being announced, twitter lit up as Uber notified its customers of the decision and the hashtag…Continue
Added by David Eaves on December 3, 2012 at 12:02pm — No Comments
Just got flagged about this precious example of doing proactive disclosure wrong.
So here is a Shared Service Canada website dedicated the Roundtable on Information Technology Infrastructure. Obviously this is a topic of real interest to me – I write a fair bit about delivering (or failing to deliver) government service online effectively. I think it is great that Service Canada is reaching out to…Continue
Added by David Eaves on November 26, 2012 at 1:56pm — No Comments
The other week I was invited down to the Bay Area Drupal Camp (#BadCamp) to give a talk on community management to a side meeting of the 100 or so core Drupal developers.
I gave a hour long version of my OSCON keynote on the Science of Community Management and had a great time engaging what was clearly a room of smart, caring people who want to do good things, ship great code, and work well…Continue
Added by David Eaves on November 15, 2012 at 9:45am — No Comments
(Can’t read the whole post? Important stuff is highlighted in grey below.)
Two years ago, I met some open data advocates from Brazil and Ottawa, and we schemed of doing an international open data hackathon. A few weeks later, this blog post launched International Open Data Day with the hope that supporters…Continue
Added by David Eaves on November 12, 2012 at 4:14am — No Comments
Yesterday the province of Ontario launched its Open Data portal. This is great news and is the culmination of a lot of work by a number of good people. The real work behind getting open data program launched is, by and large, invisible to the public, but it is essential – and so congratulations are in order for those who helped out.
Clearly this open data portal is in its early stages – something the province…Continue
Added by David Eaves on November 9, 2012 at 4:13am — No Comments
A couple of weeks ago I was asked by one of the city’s near me to sit on an advisory board around the creation of their Digital Government strategy. For me the meeting was good since I felt that a cohort of us on the advisory board were really pushing the city into a place of discomfort. And. my sense, was a big part of it had to do with a subtle gap between the city staff and some of the participants around what a digital strategy should deal with.…Continue
Added by David Eaves on November 8, 2012 at 4:12am — No Comments
The strategy (and my piece!) are worth checking out. They are saying a lot of the right things – useful…Continue
Added by David Eaves on November 6, 2012 at 3:42pm — No Comments
This past week, I had the enormous privilege of being invited to Washington, DC to attend the Academy of Achievement summit. This event – of which I knew nothing before receiving my invite – is an annual gathering of roughly 80 delegates (whose careers have shown some promise) from around the world, along with about an equal number of honorees (those whose accomplishments, in the arts, the sciences, politics and…Continue
Added by David Eaves on October 29, 2012 at 9:02am — No Comments
If you haven't seen it yet, Glen Newton has done some really awesome visualizations of Canada's energy production/consumption data. Here's a version I "edited":
What is cool is that, what I mean when I say "edited" is that any of the colour bars can be dragged vertically, so one can move around…Continue
Added by David Eaves on October 26, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments