Donna Davis, Halifax Regional Municipality's Chief Information Officer (CIO), sat down with Global Halifax Morning Show host Crystal Garrett on Thursday, August 22, 2013 to discuss the ways people can get involved in the Apps4Halifax Contest, part of the city’s Open Data Pilot Project.
On September 25, 2012, Halifax Regional Council voted unanimously in favour of a 12-month Open Data Pilot Project that has enabled the public release of a selection of HRM data sets free of charge, and to engage citizens and industry experts in an open data applications contest. It’s part of their commitment to making municipal information more open, transparent and accessible as the current Data Dissemination Policy limits data access to defined groups and attaches fees depending on the category of clients.
One of the significant drivers behind our decision to embrace Open Data is to ensure that citizens and businesses alike can have access to the high quality datasets (free of charges and restrictions on use) that we work hard to collect and maintain. HRM datasets, like the street network dataset, are tied-in to internal and external business processes to ensure the accuracy of the data and the timeliness of updates.
Look at the following screenshots to see an example showing a common problem with third-party data:
At the time when these screen shots were taken, the two missing streets in the Google maps (Fairwinds Pl & Armenia Dr) had been constructed and opened to the public for over four months.