Congrats to the City of Vancouver who has been named by BCBusiness Magazine as the Most Innovative Organization in British Columbia in 2010 for its Open Data Initiative.
At this point in time, there are in excess of 125 datasets available for free download and more coming. Most of the datasets are spatially-based and are already available for viewing in VanMap, the City’s online web mapping tool (http://vancouver.ca/vanmap). They are available in multiple formats and most are updated on a monthly basis. A recent addition is business licenses issued by the City.
A link to BCBusiness Magazine’s announcement is available at http://www.bcbusinessonline.ca/2011/04/04/city-of-vancouver.
Some related news items of interest:
- Web Service Tip – VanMap – the new version!
- Local Developer Creates Award Winning Application that Leverages Vancouver Open Data
- More VanMap Updates – Orthophotos, Olympic layers, UBC streets
- Vancouver’s Open Data Site: Enhanced Site Now Launched
There are dozens of features you can turn on and off with the click of a button. VanMap doesn’t just offer street names and intersections, for example it can show you:
- property lines
- zoning information
- sewer mains
- water mains
- public places
Downloadable data is available via http://data.vancouver.ca/