Category Archives: Open Data

How to make money with Open Data

One of the big questions people are talking about (sometimes, at least) with open data is how to make money with it. While it is great to see so many governments getting into open data with a fervor, it’ll really … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Building an Open Data App – Part 6: Launchers

As of right now, we have a simple list of the various bike stations in the Toronto Bike Share network. Ideally, we’d be able to tap on a location and see where it is on a map, maybe even get … Continue reading

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Building an Open Data App – Part 5: Updating the Bindings

Last time I showed you how to get your data onto user’s screens without hardcoding it. Everything you reload the control, or the user returns to the page, you’ll see the updated data. But, what if the user doesn’t leave … Continue reading

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Build an Open Data App – Part 4: Binding the Data

Binding is when you take data and push it to your UI. A classic example is showing a user’s name when they’ve logged in. It’s not hardcoded into the UI, you change it based on differing criteria. In the case … Continue reading

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Build an Open Data App – Part 3: Storing and Retrieving the Data

The next step in putting the app together is to implement local storage of the dataset. The reason for this is two fold: If your user is not connected to the internet (on the subway with a phone, internet is … Continue reading

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Build an Open Data App – Part 2: A Singleton and getting the Data

The next thing to worry about is getting the dataset. We’re also going to implement a design pattern here: a singleton. Why a singleton, you ask? Well, I plan on using this data model throughout the app and don’t want … Continue reading

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Build an Open Data App – Part 1: Dataset and DataModel

Over the next few posts I’m going to walk through the process of building a simple app for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 using C# and XAML. In order to facilitate this, the dataset will be Open Data. To allow … Continue reading

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Open Data: Make Web Not War

A little while back, I was asked by some of the people over at Make Web Not War and People & Code to participate in a video on Open Data. Of course I said yes, so I was able to … Continue reading

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Ensuring Access: Local Cache and Team Foundation Server

For people visiting Data.gov for a little while there, this is what met them. From a developer perspective, this meant the data housed there, the same data many of those developers had built apps around, was inaccessible. Unless they took … Continue reading

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