Township of Langley Wins 2014 Spirit Of Innovation Award
Collaboration between government IT departments makes municipalities and provinces more efficient and effective. As that is the founding principle of the British Columbia Chapter of Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA), it makes it all the more exciting that MISA has presented its 2014 Spirit of Innovation Award to the Township of Langley for its new Open Data Portal, which was built in partnership with Socrata.
Drew Rifkin, Socrata’s Canadian Director in Vancouver, BC noted the Township of Langley is the first municipality in British Columbia to partner with Socrata and hopes MISA’s recognition “paves the way for other governments to become even more transparent and to engage their citizens via open data.”
“The immediate success and recognition that we have seen for this project shows a promising future for our open data initiative and the technology we have chosen to use,” says Steve Scheepmaker, Manager of Information Technology for the Township of Langley.
The Township is looking forward to achieving a greater level of operational efficiency and being a model for other Canadian jurisdictions. Certainly, MISA’s spotlight will help the Township achieve the latter goal. Congratulations, Langley!