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By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted October 21, 2010 at 12:53:31


The open source city concept basically means that the city would publish data (like crime stats, traffic rates, transit routes and timings, etc) online in a format that is free and open to access by any person or computer. It would allow individuals to just study this data or to create public applications that use this data for anything from creating mash up maps to a free app that tells you when the next bus is coming. The data itself could take any human or machine readable form (i.e. a text table that could be cut and pasted into excel, actual excel tables, and other open source formats that anyone can learn how to read from) check out Vancouvers Open Data Page for more examples.

It's not about manipulating data, but rather using it as a basis for further study and to create useful tools for anyone living, working or visiting the city.

Comment edited by UrbanRenaissance on 2010-10-21 11:57:38

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