Shared Vision councillor Andrea Reimer (right) says local politicians shouldn’t be, “fearful about the public knowing what we know”.
With that in mind, she proposed, “moving toward using open-source software, open standards and open data” in the city’s bureaucracy and operations, says Georgia Straight.
Reimer, “backed by several speakers from the open-source community, argued that bringing open source, open standards, and open data to city hall will help result in a ‘more economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable city”,” says the story, going on »»»
As an example of one of the constraints that proprietary software can pose, open-source software user Bobbie Bees noted in a colourful speech that he can’t access old council videos because they are in a proprietary format that Linux users can’t view.
The, “council voted unanimously to adopt most of the proposals, including the three core principles of open and accessible data, open standards for data and documents, and open-source software,” the story states.
Georgia Straight – City of Vancouver supports open-source software, open standards, and open data, May 22, 2009
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