Engaging Citizens: Why?
Create tangible datasets with real-time information
Engage citizens with complete transparency
We have intentionally made this data accessible and understandable to demonstrate the power of data collection in decision-making. Our hope is to see citizens interact with this data on a regular basis, and for some to take initiative and create their own applications, like Shawn Peterson for example. With a sprouting movement of civic technology in New Brunswick, we want this Pattern of Life project to accelerate that growth, creating citizen-led projects that transform into business models.
Civic Technology can be defined as “to enable engagement or participation of the public for stronger development, enhancing citizen communications, improving government infrastructure, and generally improving the public good.” By opening these data sets up, we’re providing the means for the creation of “civic applications, platforms supporting government bodies, institutions and other software enabling those goals.” (Defined here.)