For the first time ever a major city will be making their capital budget available to the public as Open-Data. Some details of the $300 million plus budget have already been posted to the vancouver.ca website. But, the City Council has committed to publish the full 2011 Capital Budget to the data.vancouver.ca website by April.
It will be very interesting to see the level of detail in the released budget. In general, this is a great step forward for Open-Data, but those of us who are passionate about openness will always want to see more granularity in the data.
On another point, the most interesting of the data releases has been the Vancouver Business License data. It seems to be getting updated on the nightly basis and currently has about 50,000 records. It provides very interesting insights into the number of new business registrations, as well as in what part of the city and business categories.
Keep up the good work City of Vancouver. You’re leading governments into a place that will make our democracy that much better.
By Jose A. Leal