Tag Archives: city of vancouver

Policies on real-time ride-sharing and taxi-hailing: City of Vancouver to study Uber

I was interviewed yesterday by CBC Radio’s Michelle Eliot for her story on Uber making a comeback in Vancouver. It was timely, as I had just talking about Uber with a friend the week before that was prompting me re-consider my thoughts on it, which I blogged previously in 2012 (check out those posts here […]

Bringing Historic Vancouver Maps into the Present and Future

I’m writing this blog post from Vancouver Open Data Hackathon. These are some takeaways from a conversation with Sue Bigelow from the Vancouver Archives. Sue has been interested in the potential applications of Map Rectifier on scans of maps of Vancouver created by the City of Vancouver over the years as part of their work. […]

Vancouver Hackathon and Adopt-A-Stop: The Idea

“Adopt-a-Stop” is our idea for a web and mobile-enabled application for community members to find and share information about the five-block radius around each bus stop. As the name alludes, the service will encourage and empower individual community members to garden and curate and take ownership of an individual Facebook-style page for each stop.

Open311 – opening the city like we really mean it

Last Friday, due to a great stroke of fortune, I got to visit the Vancouver 311 call centre and hear a presentation from two of that project’s key figures: the person who championed the project within City Hall, Barbara Pearce, and the Operations Manager, Darcy Wilson. I didn’t know too much about the 311 project […]

City of Vancouver’s Data Site goes beta

I’m currently writing from the Vancouver open data Hackathon tonight! It was a lot more hopping a couple hours ago but me and a few other hardcores are chewing the fat at the City Archives. I’d like to take this rare blogging opportunity to bring your attention to a couple of items: Happy news! Yesterday, […]

What Open Data Changes: Sustainability and Knowledge Creation

In May, I spoke to Vancouver City Council in support of the motion on open data. One of my beliefs that I stated at that presentation, and which I still believe, is that open data creates the possibility of citizens being able to have conversations based on fact. With the challenges of peak oil and […]

Blogathon 2009 – City Application Idea: Civic Mythbusters

I’m dreaming of something akin to a Civic Mythbusters website. Everyone’s got an urban legend or generalization that’s been passed around so often, it might as well be fact for the way people talk about it. But when the data to actually really truly verify the validity of a claim is made available and the analysis possible, well, why not do it?

Participating in Blogathon 2009 on Saturday, July 25th

It’s now official — as of yesterday evening, this blog is registered to participate in Blogathon 2009, a distributed, simultaneous fundraiser for a huge number of charities from all over the place. As you may or may not be able to discern from the name, a Blogathon is similar in spirit to a walkathon. Starting […]

Attending (and recording at) Open Web Vancouver on June 11th and 12th

Unexpectedly but delightfully, I’ll be attending Open Web Vancouver at the brand new Vancouver Convention Centre tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. Open Web Vancouver are gracious sponsors of ChangeCamp, and though it is a big last minute, I am stoked to be able to learn more about the tech behind realizing the dream of the open […]

(More) On Open Data, Open Standards and Vancouver City Staff

Last week, I met with Jackie Wong from the West Ender to talk a bit about my thinking on open data, open standards and City Staff. We touched on a wide variety of topics — the impact of the motion and technology in general on non-profits, my thoughts on how well City Staff would glom […]