Upon the release of road construction project data by the Department of Transport in Edmonton, Canada, a local application developer decided to create a mobile app for smart phones and similar devices to access the map interface.
The Deloitte Report cited a report by the Centre for Technology in Government, at the University of Albany (State University of New York (SUNY) called The Dynamics of Opening Government Data: A White Paper.
The story of opening street construction projects data began several years prior to its official launch in April 2012. In 2009, the City of Edmonton, a recognized leader in open data initiatives, made a commitment to using “technology to make municipal information more open, transparent and accessible” through the launch of an Open Data Catalogue. The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) staff were responsible for working with the City’s major agencies— as the business owners of most of the City’s information assets—to identify data that were good candidates for inclusion in the Catalogue.