From an article by Kate Dubinski in the London Free Press on July 21, 2010:

“Board of Controllers unanimously voted in favour of opening parks and recreation data to the public Wednesday morning.

The decision, which still has to be approved by full city council on Monday, will mean that machine-readable information about dog parks, community centres, gardens, multi-use pathways, neighbourhood pools and golf courses, among others, will be available for public use and manipulation in September.

“I think this is really cool,” said Coun. Nancy Branscombe, one of the leaders on London city council in use of social media like Facebook and Twitter.

“We think we’re doing something revolutionary, but we’re way behind. This is a bit of a baby step, but it’s a good step.”

Read the whole story here: http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2010/07/21/14780191.html

Here’s a link to the slides that Elaine Gamble presented to the Board of Control: http://www.scribd.com/doc/34650395/Open-Data-Presentation-BoC-July-2010-3

The first datasets that we can expect to see released are all out of the Parks and Recreation Department and include:

  • Community pools
  • Wading pools/spray pads
  • Community centres
  • Arenas
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Soccer fields
  • Tennis courts
  • Golf courses
  • Multi-use pathways
  • Football fields
  • Basketball courts
  • Skateboard parks
  • Outdoor ice rinks
  • Multi-use pads
  • Play structures
  • Swing sets
  • Accessible facilities
  • Washrooms
  • Dog off-leash parks
  • Community gardens