The City of Ottawa wants to reward developers for creative and useful applications that use the City Of Ottawa’s OpenData
OpenData can be used to create very useful applications. The City of Ottawa wants to encourage app developers to use City of Ottawa OpenData to create apps for city residents and visitors. All the details are available at Apps4Ottawa.ca, but I’ll summarize the big points here.
Residents of a province or territory of Canada who have reached the age of majority. For a complete description of eligibility requirements refer to the rules.
The City of Ottawa has a catalogue of OpenData you can choose from. You can find information about city beaches, ball diamonds, budgets, cycling networks, drinking water, elected officials, flu clinics, garbage and recycling schedules, libraries, museums, murals, city parking lots, recreation guides, sledding hills, splash pads, traffic web cams, wading pools and more.
You can pick one data source and build a useful app to present that information to users on a map or in a list. Or you can combine different data sources and get really creative. Here’s my idea, it’s a “Get the kids out of the house” app that based on the current weather conditions suggests a suitable nearby activity: It’s 36 degrees? find the nearest splash pad, its 5 degrees and raining? find a museum, its –5 and snowing? find a sledding hill. If you build that, let me know would you? I’d like to download it. OpenData is a powerful tool for great apps, more and more cities are providing OpenData for you to explore. You may start with an app for Ottawa but you may want to make additional apps for your city as well. Ottawa’s not the only city providing great data for developers.
So what are you waiting for, get coding?