Gone But Not Forgotten

Hello, you've landed on DATA eh? - Open Data Toronto's original blog space for data discussions. This is not an active blog at the moment but legacy posts are still here. Have a read ... you can still provide comments.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wasting Time Or Just Being Cool Or A Bit Of Both

By Keith McDonald
If you haven't heard yet, you can enter the words: "Do a barrel roll" into the Google search engine and your screen will do just that - a barrel roll! Wow, wo-hoo, OMG - we are spinning!  The whole deal is a sort of a homage to the video game Starfox 64 and you can read more about it here.

But, really, twitter, Facebook and the other usual culprit social media sites are all a buzz about this right now. So, we ask, is it wasting time? Is it just being cool? Is it a bit of both?

At first glance, perhaps, you might think it's a time waster but not so fast. Creativity sparks productivity - at least in my view. The code behind the spin is used in gaming and, often, gaming is one way to explore alternatives.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy birthday or is it anniversary?

by the DATA eh? team
November 2, 2011 is the second year anniversary for toronto.ca/open.

We're saying anniversary since it's not exactly the birthday. The original spark for opening data actually dates back to November, 2008 at the Web 2.0 Summit.