Open Gov

Open Your Mind About Open Data

“Open data” seems to be the new buzz term around town but if you’re still not sure what the fuss is about, this list might just pique your interest. Our city will be buzzing with data enthusiast...

Edmonton shows global leadership in open government

Edmonton aspires to fulfill its leadership role as a preeminent global city: innovative, inclusive and engaged. Edmonton is the first organization in Canada and the United States to adopt the Internat...

Answering Citizens’ Needs

“Thank you for calling the City of Edmonton, Lisa speaking, how may I help you?” The line flows naturally as 311 Agent Lisa Saffin answers the phone. It’s early on a Monday morning, but that doe...

Open Science takes Open Data to the Next Level

By now, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Open City Initiative, in particular one of its programs, Open Data. But just in case you were hibernating under a ge...

The City Got Hacked!

On March 5, the Open City Team, in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library, co-hosted the 3rd annual Hackathon in conjunction with International Open Data Day. Over 65 participants signed up to h...

City tribunals make paper go poof!

Sheila McDonald chokes up when she describes the One-City spirit that came together to free the City of Edmonton’s Assessment Review Board from an ocean of paperwork by going all electronic. “It w...

Data-based crime fight first step in duo’s innovation explosion

Kris Andreychuk and Stephane Contre are so in love with their jobs that you can easily imagine them poking each other occasionally, just to be sure that they’re actually getting paid to do what they...

Telecom ‘Santas’ bring smaller phone bills, BIG savings!

Derek Singbeil and his IT team are just about as close to Santa Clauses as you can find in the City of Edmonton’s 11,000-person staff complement. Among the many other things they do, they deliver th...

311 App: more’s on the way!

After just six months of operation, more than 12,000 Edmontonians have downloaded the City’s 311 App and turned themselves into more alert, involved citizens. The app is already the vehicle over whi...

Open Data Hackathon helps shine light into Council agenda

Mavis Nathoo has long dreamed of throwing the doors of City Council agendas much wider open to the public by giving people dead-easy web access to all the issues Council and its committees are discuss...

Smartphones give us louder voices in shaping our future city

If intense creative mental energy escaped the mind in lightning bolts, David Rauch would be downright dangerous. A business analyst in the City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Development’s Urban Planni...

Virtually invisible Trio critical to City Ops

You couldn’t find three people more critical to the operation of the entire City, but no one’s aware of them – unless something goes wrong. Bob Millar and his City data centre team are critical ...

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