My thesis paper for my master’s in urban planning at the University of Toronto was entitled, A Case Study in Planning and Digital Media: Exploring the Use and Development of Web Maps in the City of Toronto.
The work consisted of a year of study into the processes that governed the development of web maps in Toronto. I performed interviews with a broad range of map developers and data producers and found that new relationships were forming between the government and public through the medium of data.
Open data features prominently in all my results. It has especially become a tool for journalists to report on the government’s practices and a tool for entrepreneurs to create novel applications. In this way, outside actors contribute to the city by providing a kind of semi-private service for people. A key example of this are bus tracking apps that serve the public through mobile internet services.
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