Sam Sullivan and DataBC

Speaker Bio:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Sullivan

Summary:
Sam Sullivan, former Mayor of Vancouver and currently seeking the nomination to run for MLA in the downtown Vancouver riding this spring, will talk about the opportunities open government data creates for software developers. Sam has been an active proponent of open access to government data since the late 1990s, when he supported the creation of the City of Vancouver's VanMap open data catalogue. More recently, Sam has been funding the digitization, transcription and free publication of city meeting minutes from 1886 - 1930.

This talk will discuss what data is currently available from your provincial and local governments and how you can use it to influence policy. He will review a series of questions he has that could help guide higher density development, providing for a richer variety of shops and services to enjoy, while significantly reducing sprawl, greenhouse gas emissions and wasted time. Sam hopes to inspire developers to write applications to enable better governance, and better communities.

Sam is here with open ears, and following his talk we will have an open discussion. Let's tell him what we're excited about when it comes to opening up government data. If Sam is elected, we will have an important open data advocate creating policy.

RSVP Instructions

There are 50 seats (fire code limit), first come first served. The RSVPs are purely advisory, so I have some idea of how many people to expect will attend. They do not hold a seat. If the door is closed when you arrive we have already reached capacity; please do not interrupt the meeting by trying to sneak in.

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  • Nelson L.

    Hi folks, A group of grassroots folks who is passionate about Open Data is organizing an Open Data Summit on Feb 19 in Vancouver. www.opendatasummit.ca. Hope you can join us.

    February 12, 2013

  • macm

    That was different.

    1 · January 28, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    Is there a chance we can get Sam's slides from the presentation?

    January 26, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    Very good discussion before the presentation even started. This was my first time to the meetup but I think I will make more of an effort to attend again.

    January 25, 2013

  • Marcus J.

    Great to see Sam Sullivan with Jonathan Mark (City of Vancouver's GIS Manager) speak about Open Data initiatives as well as Global Civic policy. Some very interesting questions from attendees! I see a lot of opportunity here.

    January 24, 2013

  • macm

    Hi Cliff. What about reserved seating to those that have been active/participated in at least one vandev meeting in the last 2 months. Kind of lame for those of us that attend/participate in the other meetings to not be able to attend this one. It would be nice to just hold those seats until say 6:20.

    January 24, 2013

    • Cliff H.

      Too late the change the RSVP rules for this meeting. I've played with tracking RSVP honorers before and it's a lot of work and there is no way to integrate it into meetup's RSVP system.

      January 24, 2013

  • Casey

    Are people willing to pay $5?
    And hopefully we get at least 80 people.

    January 21, 2013

    • Cliff H.

      We've experimented with charging before (and other various RSVP methods) and so far nothing has worked out well.

      January 21, 2013

  • Onn

    is there a possibility to not get in? just wanted to know so I don't make the trip and wind up in the cold ;)

    January 21, 2013

    • Cliff H.

      As the description states there is only room for 50 people, first come first served.

      January 21, 2013

  • Casey

    Can a larger room be found for this meeting?
    e.g. The theater. :)

    January 21, 2013

    • Cliff H.

      The larger rooms are not booked via UBC and cost ~$400 to rent out.

      January 21, 2013

  • Casey

    The UBC Robson theater is C300. :)

    January 21, 2013

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