By Ryan McGreal
Published September 22, 2009
An important measure of success for building a platform rather than a mere utility is whether users get busy creating their own applications on top of it.
From a friendly reminder to put out your trash to an interactive map of drinking fountains, people are already taking advantage of the city's open data platform.
Whereas many city governments still fear their residents, the government of Vancouver has taken the bold step of making its residents into partners in creating and delivering valuable municipal services.
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