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July 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm #76670
Wow that’s a tough standard especially when pushed to the web. I don’t even believe it is attainable. I really think the concept of buyer beware is sacrosanct here. It all comes down to web literacy as a critical piece. Unfortunately too many people accept without critical thinking what’s in the news and now, on the web. Errors get made and, when spotted, can be corrected but can we take on the task of ensuring someone else is reporting correctly?
To further muddy the field on the web you may have identifiers or copyrights used on a web page that are not owned by the creator – this could make it appear as if it is a legitimate source. We have seen City of Toronto identifiers used without permission.
July 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm #76368
I’m sure I spelled this wrong. Try looking up the word when you know how it’s pronounced but not how spelled. Anyway, I mean the security thing they give out so people can get remote access – fits on the key ring ergo the key “fhob” or “phob” or “fob” or perhaps “fphob”. Maybe I should have just said “key”. At any rate, I hope that explains what I meant.
July 23, 2009 at 10:53 pm #76372
Now all of these are way better than some code on a water tower – not to belittle the water tower in Macon.
What about electric and water readings, animal licenses, permits and maybe other items that require an internet component? Actually, you know animals are micro chipped right? So how about a code somehow so if you encounter a lost animal you can contact the owner somehow – even on the tag itself?
I may be going too far with that especially using the word “somehow” twice in one sentence.
Perhaps depositions from the public could be given a code that makes searching easier online. I’m not sure what the ramifications are of all that but it would seem anything that the public submits could be given a code that makes tacking all the way from council to the web easier. Could there be search ramifications with all that? Even 311 could have a code instead of a number no for tracking? I’m not sure what the process is of assigning a code but, by extension, the code seems to have more possibilities than a number (even though a number is the code).
Finally, perhaps the website itself could have a barcode on the front page and people could enter a separate area through scanning it (to activate) – I’m thinking here of staff – I have no idea if that would make things simpler in terms of security but a code reader may be cheaper than the phobs (?) to gain access. I suspect one code, one account etc could all be bundled into this if one thing leads to the other.
July 23, 2009 at 7:21 pm #76380
And I could be marked down in price as my usefulness goes down. Or the other way around as usefulness goes up. Even expiry dates. But I digress. Actually your thoughts on the use at Doors Open is really a powerful example of some value there. There is a concept in the City already where you can call to a number and get a voice guided tour and there is also a planner app: http://twofreelinks.com/city-landmark-innovative-mobile-application…
I see all of that as having some usefulness for sure. How do we enable some of this? I really think the open data area is where some of this could come alive.
July 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm #76384
I think it could also work the other way – bar codes on citizens. Then, the Park would allow you certain rights i.e. dog walking leash free or access to washrooms. That way, instead of the resident having to have a camera phone they could just stand under the great big ParkCam to gain access. Perhaps ball field bookings could be made this way or the ice rink. Not that Manor would have an ice rink.
Though I jest somewhat, I think an app for a phone that reads a wireless signal or something like that with GPS or something to direct you to a Park are all possible additions of a sort. I’m not sure how much content you’d have about a park that would make having the process like this be worthwhile. I mean if yo just had an old fashioned sign out there and did a comparison, it would take the code reader person many more minutes to get to the content where the sign reader would be done fairly quickly. And I wonder about accessibility as the person on the link video says: if you don’t have a camera phone …?”
Maybe here the old analogue sign isn’t such a bad thing to stay with but I applaud their thinking and efforts. And I suppose for larger history and backgrounds etc. it would be cheaper to do the education/marketing this way.
I would love to see us develop a similar leading edge “item” – it would be wonderful if our web and city were to have something no one else has as a project. This is something we could perhaps suggest as a competition or challenge to developers. “Let us innovate together”. I see no reason why some of the open data discussions couldn’t revolve around a specific need and then throw the challenge out. We give the data and someone comes up with the unique concept for how it’s used. I think this has already come up in some discussions about where it could lead.
Oh, and I would be prepared to have my forehead stamped with a bar code if the payoff were there …