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There’s an app for that: City’s open data pilot project underway


Burlington, Ont. – Dec. 7, 2011 – The City of Burlington has launched an open data pilot project as part of its developing e-Government strategy, making interacting with the city online easier and more convenient for residents and businesses in Burlington.

During public consultations on the city’s e-Government strategy, survey respondents and focus group participants called for open data to be made available in more usable and accessible formats.


“This project is a great example of how participation and input from the public can improve the way the city delivers information,” said Mayor Rick Goldring.  “I believe the open data pilot project can inspire and create new opportunities for enhanced service delivery. It also demonstrates the city’s commitment to corporate transparency and accountability.”


The city’s open data pilot project gives the public online access to raw, machine-readable information so interested users can reuse the data for research and analysis or combine with other available municipal data to develop web-based applications for public use.


The pilot project will make datasets available for the city’s parks and recreation facilities. This will include information such as park location, number and type of on-site facilities, services and amenities offered as well as recreation and leisure attributes like trails, sports fields and courts.


“Making raw data available for public usage and new application development is just one of the ways we are embracing information technology to evolve our customer service practices,” said Christine Swenor, director of IT services. “We are optimistic that the information we make available will be used to create web applications that can benefit residents of Burlington and beyond.”


The open data portal is available at www.burlington.ca/opendata. The pilot phase will take place over a six-month period, during which time the city will explore further opportunities to provide users with additional datasets.


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Media Contact:
Christine Swenor
Director of ITS Services
905-335-7600, ext. 7776
swenorc@burlington.ca


Communications Contact:
Kim Sopko
Communications Advisor
905-335-7600, ext. 7879
sopkok@burlington.ca

 

 



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