Open Data & IT

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

City Harnesses Cloud Power

The City of Edmonton’s IT Branch has a 60-year legacy of innovations and “firsts”. In early April,  our announcement with Google to supply much of our office technology tools starting later thi...

Edmonton’s Cutting Edge Traffic Management

The task was two-fold: create a video promoting Edmonton to an international audience of thousands, while at the same time explaining the most cutting-edge aspect of the City’s Intelligent Transport...

Help Us Beta Test the new ETS Trip Planner

The newest version of the ETS Trip Planner is available for public testing until the end of October.  ETS aims to continuously improve the technology behind its online tools to provide products that ...

Technology at the heart of Edmonton’s Smart City status

Edmonton has joined the ranks of the few Smart Cities in the world. That doesn’t mean we’ve arrived and all the hard work is over, but we’re making gains. Throughout the world the label Smart Ci...

Edmonton’s New Open Data Catalogue!

We’re growing. On January 13, 2010 Edmonton was officially the fourth municipality in Canada to launch an Open Data Catalogue. Driven by community interest and a passion for innovation, several ...

City of Edmonton and IBM work towards smarter urban traffic safety

Back in March, the City of Edmonton was chosen among 24 cities worldwide to be part of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge – an initiative that recognizes cities that are revolutionizing the wa...

Apps4Edmonton – The Gift that Keeps Giving

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the last week in Ottawa, representing the City of Edmonton in the annual Government Technology Exbibition Conference (GTEC). We are honoured to be here as the...

Putting “Open” to the test

In my previous blog post I spoke of Open as a “Way of Being” a chronology of the start of the transformation for the IT Branch at the City of Edmonton. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you ...

Open City Workshop Webcast

The cameras are in place, participants will soon be starting to arrive at the Art Gallery of Alberta (and online) for the Open City Workshop. Join the LIVE  (bilingual)WEBCAST here. We will be broadc...

Inside the Open City Workshop

It’s been quite a journey for me these past few months. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing and dedicated colleagues organizing the November 21 Open Data Workshop and building the O...

Open as a “Way of Being”

When I consider the 88+ definitions of the word “open” at dictionary.com I find it difficult to choose one that captures Open as a “Way of Being”. The open I am speaking about is the one that ...

From Edmonton to Edmonton 2.0

Since returning from CityCamp at the end of January, I’ve been immersed in the world of #opengov #gov2.0 and the City’s work on #yegdata. I know this probably doesn’t make sense to ...

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