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Which Canadian municipal and provincial governments have adopted open government policies and what about the Canadian government?
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Advance voting | City of Ottawa

Advance voting | City of Ottawa | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
On March 26, 2014, Ottawa City Council approved the dates and times for advance voting. (RT @ottawavote: Special Advance Voting locations will be open to all City electors on Oct 1st, 2nd & 3rd.
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How to use open data to connect local government with the public

How to use open data to connect local government with the public | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it

Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available for everyone to use and republish as they wish. The philosophy behind open data has been long established, but the term itself is relatively new and it is gaining popularity.

 

An increasing number of platforms where people can openly share information have been developing, such as GitHub, where you can share codes and other ideas for open source programming, and WikiHouse, an open source construction set which lets you build your own home from online templates.

 

Here are a few examples of how open data is being used by local government.


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'Open season on ethnic minorities': Government accused over illegal traveller site crackdown

'Open season on ethnic minorities': Government accused over illegal traveller site crackdown | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
Politicians have been accused of sparking an “open season on ethnic minorities” after the Government issued new guidelines to tackle illegal traveller sites.
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Stephan Shakespeare's public sector open data vision - The Guardian

Stephan Shakespeare's public sector open data vision - The Guardian | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
Defining a national core reference data set will turn 'puppy like enthusiasm' for open data into bankable economic growth, says Stephan Shakespeare.
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SSC (Shared Services Canada) Updated Roadmap now available ...

LinkedIn Groups. Group: Shared Services Canada (SSC) Forum; http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Shared-Services-Canada-SSC-Forum-4210358/about; Subject: SSC Updated Roadmap now available: CATAAlliance ...
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Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces

Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it

As self-driving cars move from fantasy to reality, what kind of effect will they have on cities?

A research and urban prototyping project called Shuffle City investigates, and in the process, becomes a manifesto for a new kind of modern city--one that depends less on traditional public transportation like buses or light rail and more on creating a fleet of continuously moving automated vehicles to serve urban mobility needs.

Shuffle City looks at the new possibilities that could arise from cities transitioning to cars without drivers. If cars were put into some constant flow as a public good, and if people didn’t all have their own vehicles, there would be no need for the concrete wastelands and lifeless towers that serve as a parking infrastructure in the urban landscapes of car-centric cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles (Under the current ownership model, the average car spends 21 hours per day parked.)

The share of city space ruled by parking lots will shrink, making way for more green space, environmental buffers, workspace, housing, retail, and denser planning for more walkable cities...


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José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:41 AM

Um desenho da cidade de nossos sonhos. Carros sem motoristas, ruas sem espaço para estacionamento, e por aí vai.

Kim Spence-Jones's curator insight, August 8, 2013 2:53 AM

Interface between cars and homes is an interesting area of R&D. Everything from entertainment synchronising to battery management.

miguel sa's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:17 PM

Jacque Fresco has been talking about this sort of thing for awhile now, looks like its coming closer to reality~ 

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This New Video Map of Space Will Make You Feel Utterly Insignificant

This New Video Map of Space Will Make You Feel Utterly Insignificant | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
Talk about your 40-foot perspective: An international team of researchers has put together an absolutely brilliant 3D video map of the nearby universe out to a distance of 300 million light-years.

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cafonso's curator insight, June 13, 2013 1:17 PM

Somos bem pequenos e qual é o problema pá

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Is Open Data At Risk From Poor Data Quality?

Is Open Data At Risk From Poor Data Quality? | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
Open data is a concept that’s new to many people in the UK. The idea is fairly straightforward. By opening up records used by the public sector, the British public can see how their data is being u… (Is Open Data At Risk From Poor Data Quality?
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Government data PDF enthusiasts will be 'dealt with', says Maude

Government data PDF enthusiasts will be 'dealt with', says Maude | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
Most government departments breaching Coalition's own transparency rules (They *still* need to be dealt with.
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UK Minister infuriated over publishing of annual government reports in PDF rather than in transparent format - breach of own open government license.
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Google Adds 79 Cloud And Big-Data Patents To Its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge | TechCrunch

Google Adds 79 Cloud And Big-Data Patents To Its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge | TechCrunch | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Google pledged not to sue open-source developers over 10 patents related to MapReduce. Today, the company is expanding this pledge by adding 79 new patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge.
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Can the government solve Silicon Valley’s identity crisis with open data?

Can the government solve Silicon Valley’s identity crisis with open data? | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
For companies looking for newer, better sources of revenue, the government's open data programs could be the answer. (Can the government solve Silicon Valley’s identity crisis with open data?
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Why Aren't There More Open Data Startups? - Data Community DC

Why Aren't There More Open Data Startups? - Data Community DC | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it

BrightScope is a wonderful example of a business that sells services built in part on publicly available data. They’ve gotten a lot of attention because they started up after the Open Government Directive, after data.gov — after Gov 2.0 in general — and can therefore be pointed to as a validation of that movement.

 

But, if we want to validate the idea of public sector information (PSI) being useful foundations for businesses in general, we can expand our scope considerably. And if we do, it’s easy to find companies that are built on government data: there are databases of legal decisions, databases of patent information,medicare data, resellers of weather data, business intelligence services that rely in part on SEC data, GIS products derived from Census data, and many others.

 

Some of these should probably be free, open, and much less profitable than they currently are*. But all of them are examples of how genuinely possible it is to make money off of government data. It’s not all that surprising that many of the most profitable uses of PSI emerged before anyone started talking about open data’s business potential. That’s just the magic of capitalism! This stuff was useful, and so people found it and commercialized it. The profit motive meant that nobody had to wait around for people like me to start talking about open formats and APIs. There are no doubt still efficiencies to be gained in improving and opening these systems, but let’s not be shocked if a lot of the low-hanging commercial fruit turns out to have already been picked.


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This New Video Map of Space Will Make You Feel Utterly Insignificant

This New Video Map of Space Will Make You Feel Utterly Insignificant | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
Talk about your 40-foot perspective: An international team of researchers has put together an absolutely brilliant 3D video map of the nearby universe out to a distance of 300 million light-years.

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cafonso's curator insight, June 13, 2013 1:17 PM

Somos bem pequenos e qual é o problema pá

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We Need More Insights, Not More Data

We Need More Insights, Not More Data | Open government and Canada | Scoop.it
Marketers are all over big data - but are they looking to big data at the expense of true insights and missing the heartbeat of their customers?

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William J. Ryan's curator insight, March 4, 2013 8:35 AM

Same can be said for learning as well, we track a lot in LMS's but are we measuring what matters?  Have we defined, and agreed upon, the metrics that will help the business and the performance of the community we serve?

Irina Radchenko's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:32 AM

Today’s connected consumer has access to an insane amount of information, all at their fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphone access to the web.

 

From checking restaurant reviews and stock prices, to taking pictures of a new pair of jeans and asking the opinion of friends on Facebook, today’s consumer is no longer restricted to choosing a brand through a push marketing approach.