Tag Archives: open government

Alert Labs and Milieu selected by Guelph’s Civic Accelerator

The City of Guelph’s new Civic Accelerator, which turns the City into a research, development and commercialization lab for civic technology, has selected winners for the Planning Notifications and Water Data challenges issued on June 20. Continue reading Alert Labs and Milieu selected by Guelph’s Civic Accelerator

City’s new portal makes accessing data sets easier

Guelph, Ont., March 4, 2016 – The City of Guelph is celebrating Open Data Day 2016 by launching Guelph’s new online open data portal with 32 data sets covering areas such as transportation, solid waste and parks. The portal is an interactive public data management system. Residents can view the raw data sets through built-in maps to easily understand the information. By releasing its data through the portal, the City is able to increase transparency while encouraging the public to share and reuse the information helping to drive the creation of services that deliver value for citizens. In 2014 and 2015 the City’s Hackaton participants used open data sets to develop applications such as the waste sorting app which is available on open.guelph.ca. “The open… Continue reading City’s new portal makes accessing data sets easier

Community-developed apps now available

Powered by the City’s Open Guelph initiative Guelph, ON, June 30, 2015 – The City of Guelph has launched the Open Guelph App Gallery—a result of the City’s second Hackathon event last February. “The apps hosted on the site were developed by members of the Open Data community, for Guelph residents,” says Blair Labelle, general manager, technology and innovation. “The City, and our Open Guelph platform, is serving as the channel to connect developers, residents and City services.” Each app uses raw data made available by the City’s Open Data initiative to support web and mobile applications to enhance services offered to the public. Currently, the app gallery offers five applications in three categories and the City is looking to grow this number through future… Continue reading Community-developed apps now available

City using technology to improve services

Second Guelph Hackathon and ask.guelph.ca announced Guelph, ON, February 13, 2015 – The City of Guelph, as part of its ongoing commitment to community participation in local government, is launching two initiatives to enhance City services: an Open Guelph Online Hackathon and ask.guelph.ca. These initiatives coincide with the International Open Data Day, February 21, 2015. The Online Hackathon is designed for students, local application developers and interested community members to use City data to create innovative mobile and web-based applications and tools for Guelph residents. The tools will help to improve the delivery of transit and solid waste services. “Rather than the City building tools for residents, we are looking to involve the community in the process. Guelph residents have great ideas and skill sets… Continue reading City using technology to improve services

Guelph’s User Guide to Local Government a first in Canada

Guelph, ON, July 8, 2014 – The City of Guelph has published an online User Guide to Local Government – believed to be the first of its kind in Canada – that outlines how the municipal government operates and the by-laws, legislation, policies and procedures that govern it. Designed primarily as a resource for new members of Council, the User Guide has been made publicly available so that it can be used by residents who want to better understand how City Hall works and by people interested in running for Council who want to learn more about what would be expected of them. It will also serve as an ongoing resource and reference guide for City employees and members of Council. Council’s Governance Committee will… Continue reading Guelph’s User Guide to Local Government a first in Canada

City and University of Guelph partner to build civic solutions lab

Innovative Guelph Lab to open doors, possibilities and government Guelph, On, April 3, 2014 – Today the City and University of Guelph signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish and lead a civic lab—an innovative and collaborative approach to community problem solving. Civic labs are designed with slightly different structures, but all bring together thinkers and doers from many sectors with a focused goal of finding practical solutions to specific community wide challenges. Aptly named, these labs offer participants the opportunity to experiment and test new ideas and models of thinking; conduct research and outreach; and measure success. The MOU will allow the City and University to research and develop a creative space to explore new ways of thinking and address complex problem solving… Continue reading City and University of Guelph partner to build civic solutions lab

Open Guelph hackathon results

This media release was issued by the University of Guelph’s School of Computer Science. This weekend approximately 30 people – students, staff, and faculty of the University of Guelph, and members from the Guelph community – gathered in the Science Complex Atrium to take part in the first Open Data Day Hackathon. Sponsored by the City of Guelph, the University of Guelph, and the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences, teams of coders and non-coders came together with a goal of developing tools that used, processed, analyzed, or helped further expand the City’s open data warehouse. Beginning on Saturday morning, participants worked for 24 hours to develop new tools, mobile apps, and games. Teams then presented their work to a panel of judges: Brydon Gilliss… Continue reading Open Guelph hackathon results

City and University co-host first hackathon

Event offers experiential learning opportunity for students, recognition of local tech talent, innovative online tools for residents Guelph, Ontario, February 13, 2014 – For the first time ever, the City and University of Guelph are co-hosting a community hackathon in celebration of the internationally-recognized Open Data Day on February 22. The hackathon is designed for students, local application developers and interested community members to use City data to create innovative mobile and web-based applications and tools for Guelph residents. Making civic information more readily available and relevant to Guelph residents, in transparent and accountable ways is one of four focus areas the City is pursuing as part of its open government efforts. What: Open Guelph Hackathon Who: The panel of judges includes Brydon Gilliss, Threefortynine; Mayor Karen… Continue reading City and University co-host first hackathon

Guelph to create Canada’s first municipal open government action plan

Plan will be Guelph’s road map for even more accountable, transparent and engaging local government Guelph, On, July 24, 2013 – The City’s innovative open government action plan—the first of its kind in Canada—is now underway. “The City is committed to pursuing an even more open, accountable, transparent and engaging municipal government—one that empowers the Guelph community to work together on innovative solutions and ultimately, all civic decisions,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “A tailor made open government action plan developed for Guelph and co-produced with residents and businesses will position this plan to resonate locally and be used by other jurisdictions as a model for success.” Delvinia, a leading digital strategy firm located in Toronto, was recently awarded the contract to assist with the development… Continue reading Guelph to create Canada’s first municipal open government action plan