MagikSlinger writes: Vancouver city council has endorsed the principles of making its data open and accessible to everyone where possible, adopting open standards for that data and considering open source software when replacing existing applications.
The motion suggested that Vancouver's city manager be asked to:
Identify immediate opportunities to distribute more of its data.
Index, publish and syndicate its data to the internet using prevailing open standards, interfaces and formats.
Develop a plan to digitize and distribute archival data to the public.
Ensure that data supplied to the city by third parties such as developers, contractors and consultants are unlicensed, in a prevailing open standard format, and not copyrighted except if otherwise prevented by legal considerations.
License any software applications developed by the City of Vancouver such that they may be used by other municipalities, businesses and the public without restriction.