- The City of Edmonton must have the desire to be an open city.
- The primary audience is the Creative Class of Edmonton, the secondary audience is all citizens.
Next, I shared what I feel are the five basic foundations of an open city:
- Free – both financially and philosophically
- Permissive Licensing – things like Creative Commons, should be public domain
- Open Standards – formats that anyone can read and write
- Plentiful Data – make as much data available as possible
- Timely Access – eliminate delays and give everyone equal access
After my five slides (a photo for each of the above) we got into a great discussion about the idea. Here are some of the questions that came up:
- Are citizens ready for so much data?
- Why would City Council not want to be an open city?
- What is the current state of progress on the idea in Edmonton?
- How does privacy & security factor in?
- What are some great examples of other cities doing this?
All things that we need to explore further. I’m not sure what the next step is, but eventually, I think it would be great to make a presentation on becoming an open city to Council.