City of Windsor Expands Open Data to Include 311 Service Requests
January 27, 2017
Posted by: Jacqueline O'Hara
In an effort to further increase transparency and encourage residents to make creative use of municipal data for apps and more, the City of Windsor has added a number of new categories to its open data catalogue. The new additions include 18 sets based on 311 service requests, ranging from dirty yard complaints to reports of snow and ice issues, and new files for Windsor Electoral Ward and Planning District Data 2001, 2006, 2011 Canada Census, which covers our 10 electoral wards and 20 planning districts.
The new data sets are available in CSV format and have been added to a growing collection available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue. The City of Windsor joined the open data movement in 2010 and has been adding municipal information ever since. Even more data is on the way as well, with over 20 new sets coming soon.
“As our open data collection gets bigger and better, we hope both our audience and the impact of that data will grow too,” said Chief Information Officer Harry Turnbull. “We hope community entities like real estate firms, property developers, social service agencies, investors and more can benefit from the wide range of information we’re opening up.”
The City’s newly offered open data files will be a featured component of the upcoming Windsor Hackforge Winter Hackathon, January 27-29, 2017. Windsor’s open data has featured prominently in prior Hackathons as well, with students developing tools based on data from services like transit, the municipal budget and the election. This year, a group of student participants will be challenged to take one (or more) of the files that are available in the City’s open data catalogue create an application program interface (API) for it. Another group of students will take part in a challenge based on the newly offered electoral ward and planning district files, which are a subject of frequent public inquiry throughout the year. The City’s Planning Department is regularly contacted by businesses in search of this type of data when determining the best places to operate and build based on demographics.
See the full collection of City of Windsor open data at www.citywindsor.ca/opendata under the e-Services tab, or call 311 to learn more about municipal services. Learn more about Windsor Hackforge at hackf.org.