Launch of the open data movement QuebecOuvert

Launch of the open data movement QuebecOuvert 4378In a recent post, the popular movement MontrealOuvert announced that the group has fulfilled their objectives, with the public launch of the open data portal by the City of Montréal. They have succeeded in promoting the cause to the public opinion, the press, and also key members of the administration. In terms of results, we've seen many applications using the open data, and also various organizations such as OpenNorth dedicated professionally to open data. Yet, it's just the beginning. Beyond applications, various projects are looking for long-term viability, such as financing, with a few choosing the open source code + consulting model, or others putting their applications on sale for smartphones. Of course, the movement has also been focused only in Montréal, with much more data held by the provincial government. That's where QuébecOuvert comes in, a new initiative officially announced today, with the goal of getting the   Read more…


Ouverture des données des transports en communs, en prélude à #TranspoCampMTL

Ouverture des données des transports en communs, en prélude à #TranspoCampMTL 3799L'Agence Métropolitaine de Transport annonce aujourd'hui l'ouverture de leurs données, dans le but d'en rendre l'utilisation possible par des tierces parties. C'est une autre bonne nouvelle pour l'ouverture des données publiques, un combat mené par MontrealOuvert depuis 1 an et demie. Une page spéciale conçue pour développeurs permet le téléchargement de données concernant les trains de banlieue, spécialement les horaires et aussi la géolocalisation des tracées. Avec ces données, on peut concevoir des applications qui permettent de calculer des trajets, que ce soit uniquement en train, mais aussi en conjonction avec d'autres moyens de transport, comme le vélo ou la voiture. En parallèle, on parle aussi de certaines données qui seraient ouvertes par Bixi lors de #TranspoCampMTL, le hackathon prévue ce jeudi à la Maison du développement durable, qui veut rassembler tous les développeurs. Le hackathon se veut aussi ouvert aux designers d'interfaces et aux idéateurs. Allez voir   Read more…


MaMairie.ca suit l’activité de vos élus à la mairie

MaMairie.ca suit l’activité de vos élus à la mairie 3476Un des projets mis en valeur lors de #Hackmtl était MaMairie.ca. Bien que MaMairie.ca n'ait pas été entièrement développé pendant le hackathon, le projet a quand même profité de l'événement pour avancer, avoir des conseils et support des développeurs et citoyens présents, et bien sûr tirer profit des 150 personnes présentes pour lancer le projet. Vous pouvez dès maintenant consulter le site, et trouver l'élu de votre arrondissement. Dans le cas du plateau, on voit immédiatement le maire, ainsi que les différents conseillers. Si on visite le profil d'un élu, on trouve aussi d'autres informations de base comme le parti, numéro de téléphone, email, réseaux sociaux comme page facebook, comités et autres groupes associés. Le plus intéressant cependant est une liste chronologique qui suit de près les actions des élus. Le site peut trouver les mentions de l'élu dans les médias en ligne (journaux, twitter,   Read more…


Patiner Montreal on Android

Patiner Montreal on Android 2152One of the most active groups in Montreal, with its meetings and developer days, MontrealOuvert continues to make the case for open data in Montreal. Patiner Montreal was mentionned already in the latest hackathon, as one of the most advanced applications. There is now an Android application, made in record time, thanks to the fact there's now a REST API available. Like the website, the Android App shows the user open ice rings and their skating conditions. Additionally, it has android-specific features, such as voice search, local search, and it can also make an off-line copy if you want to save on your 3G data plan. The Android App was built by Mudar Nufal, a php and web developer. Congrats!   Read more…


TrainingMobs and MontrealOuvert featured at Mtl New Tech

TrainingMobs and MontrealOuvert featured at Mtl New Tech 2053TrainingMobs and MontrealOuvert both presented their development efforts and results to the Montreal New Tech audience today. Jonas from TrainingMobs TrainingMobs is a social network website designed to get its members to train together, for various sports and activities. You sign up, join existing groups or suggest new activities if you want something new, while making friends in the process. The idea is not new, we even had here in Montréal a startup which tried to build a platform for those looking for team members, for sports such as soccer, hockey etc. In this case, the problem is traction and getting users to check back to the website. TrainingMobs goes past this obstacle makes it fun by highlighting accessible and simple activities, and seen in its tagline is "flashmobs for training". It's not anymore about finding "long-term partners" for a sports you are seriously practising, it's about having fun, right here,   Read more…


Hackers making great strides for open Montreal Data

Hackers making great strides for open Montreal Data 2050 With MontrealOuvert's first Hackathon last Saturday, more than 20 developers and hackers gathered to research and tinker about ways to get, display, and make available data from the City of Montréal and other affiliated organizations. As commented in a previous mtw post, MontrealOuvert aims to open up local data access to citizens. One of the obstacles though is that there is currently no open data available, even though there are interests from the City. So it's not a surprise that many developers discussed first on ways to extract data from the different websites, such as scraping HTML pages or extracting information from search queries. It's not a long-term technical solution, but should give developers enough data, a starting point to develop interesting applications, and also prove at the same time the value of the MontrealOuvert movement, both to citizens and   Read more…


MontrealOuvert wants open data for the region of Montréal

MontrealOuvert wants open data for the region of Montréal 1930MontrealOuvert, announced a couple of weeks ago, is a new promising initiative promoting open access to public data. In an ideal world, data produced or monitored by different municipal or government bodies in Montréal would all be made available freely to citizens and businesses. This would lead to data re-use, data mashups, new applications used by citizens and taxpayers, possibly in ways never imagined or never seen before. In a way, open data apps will be then a democracy tool, empowering citizens with new visions of their city. Open data thus promises better governance through better understanding of what's happening in Montréal, and at the same time, it can also be seen as a business opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses. Potential applications could be for instance maps of real-time availability of bixis, crime maps in Montreal, productivity graphs of city employees and contractors ... or even an interface   Read more…