Toronto Changes

One of the amazing things about open data is combining different sets together to make bigger things. What to find out a city service’s cost per capita? Cross reference a budget with census data. Making a restaurant picker? Throw in parking data and health inspections.

A little while ago Richard Pietro came to me with an idea. What if we put Toronto city development projects on a map? After a few sessions of just learning how the development application process works (so you know, it’s complicated), and figuring out how to expand on Toronto’s development projects site, we started to gel together a few ideas. Here’s a brief distillation of those discussions.

As mentioned in the video, the missing datasets is a big deal, but after talking to a few contacts we’re really happy that some of the data we need will be opened soon. Also, Import.io is a neat tool but doesn’t quite meet our needs for this project.

Hard to believe all this came out of Open Data Day Toronto 2014 and The Hack Goes On through Make Web Not War.

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