After Pilot, Calgary Updates Open Data Catalogue

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The city of Calgary has updated the look and content on its open data portal following a pilot and after user feedback. The city aims to increase government transparency through the release of civic information. Calgary is offering developers and other interested parties more raw datasets for use and reuse, under an open license.

The new open data catalogue offers 88 sets of data available for public use and includes new features, such as RSS feeds and a simplified Terms of Use. While some specialized software can assist in reorganizing and analyzing the data, many of the geospatial data sets can be displayed using Google and Bing Maps.

As part of the launch, The city has released several new data sets including: traffic incidents, Roads/311 service requests and 2013 election results. Even with the release, more high value data could be included in the catalogue going forward including budget and other financial items.

Access Solutions, the company working on the open data portal says it will continue to work with the city to release more data and process feedback. “We redesigned our original concept for the open data catalogue based on stakeholder feedback after a pilot program,” explains Peter Talbot, manager, Access Solutions.