Comment 50046

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted October 21, 2010 at 14:11:47

urban. Everyone has access now. Its just that its equally hard for you and I to figure it out.

That's just not true, a lot of the data that available from Vancouver is not on Hamilton's website and the info that is available is locked down using proprietary formats that you have to buy software to work with (if you can access the original data at all).

The point of open source city is to make a centralized repository to make it as easy as possible to disseminate the raw data that people can use to make their own apps and studies. This isn't about elitism or giving one group power, its about providing information about the city to its residents. Anyone can access this data and anyone can learn how to use it. That's the power of the internet.

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