Oh, to live in a country with an open government

So the British Government doesn’t just release masses of data so the people can mash it up – they are now offering a prize to the best mash-up. Sadly, our (Canadian) government couldn’t be more secretive with it’s data.

Government EntropySure there are some low hanging fruit that I (with the help of my trusted colleague Jeremy V) was able to get and use to create this mash up of the location of government offices. Sadly, their ain’t much (that is publicly available!) to mash it up against…

Ah, the things the public would do with the data it is supposed to own and have access to, if only its government would let it…

Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like we’re uninspired, secretative and falling further, and further, behind.

4 thoughts on “Oh, to live in a country with an open government

  1. brenton walters

    David,

    I realize that it would take so much more time, but it would be interesting to know which offices were which. E.g. Are all the internationally focused offices in the same neighbourhood?

    Brenton

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  2. brenton walters

    David,I realize that it would take so much more time, but it would be interesting to know which offices were which. E.g. Are all the internationally focused offices in the same neighbourhood? Brenton

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  3. Jeremy Vernon

    Brenton,
    The data was gathered from the treasury board (unsurprisingly they keep the most comprehensive, meticulous and well organized records) however it was, more or less, manually transformed into the representation you see.

    I could see if I can insert more data into the map itself, that’s just a matter of figuring out the Google Maps API.

    For an example of how outmoded the Federal Government’s conception of technology is, look here:

    http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/its-nit/index-eng.asp

    Those are ICT guidelines – over 80% of which have been withdrawn or are invalid and the remainder are truisms of the technology – not one of them is less than 8 years old.

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  4. Jeremy Vernon

    Brenton,The data was gathered from the treasury board (unsurprisingly they keep the most comprehensive, meticulous and well organized records) however it was, more or less, manually transformed into the representation you see.I could see if I can insert more data into the map itself, that’s just a matter of figuring out the Google Maps API.For an example of how outmoded the Federal Government’s conception of technology is, look here: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/its-nit/index-eng.aspThose are ICT guidelines – over 80% of which have been withdrawn or are invalid and the remainder are truisms of the technology – not one of them is less than 8 years old.

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