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.
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.