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  1. Very relevant. As I am interested in mapping, a friend of mine who is a GIS whiz and myself had the idea to plot the relationship of transit stops with a five minute walk radius to all property parcels. This is data that the city has, but currently charges for.

    We are citizens doing (or would have done) it out of personal interest and for the greater interest of the city, for free. However, we could not find the data freely available or in formats that we could use.

    I inquired with the city as to the use and price of the parcel data, and it would have cost me $20,000! Even without commercial use. It’s great that there is the initiative for this to change now in the City of Edmonton. That price came as a surprise to me as having moved from Vancouver where this data, and several other great datasets, are already freely available in their catalogue.

    UBC’s School of Architecture and the planning school there use of these datasets in academic research projects, and in turn engage the public with a dialogue about design and planning.

  2. Hi Jason,
    Thanks for your comment and enthusiasm for open data. You make a good point in that there are many data sets that the City could release to the benefit of citizens. There are a couple of approaches that you could take if you are interested in pursuing the parcel, or other, data. 1. Create a user account on and request data that you want. 2. Tweet @cityofedmonton a data request, you can also FaceBook the City of Edmonton a request. 3. Ask your councillor to open up the data.

    In the mean time, check out the roof line data as it may be a reasonable substitute to the parcel data. I hope this helps.