The City of Edmonton today launched http://data.edmonton.ca – an Open Data catalogue that increases the accessibility of public data managed by the City. As part of an initiative to improve the accessibility, transparency, and accountability of City government, this catalogue provides access to City managed data sets in machine-readable formats. This site uses the Microsoft Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) code that is available at http://ogdi.codeplex.com. OGDI is an open source data publishing solution designed to run on Windows Azure (and uses Bing maps).
This solution serves as an example of what every government agency can do with Azure and OGDI. The important thing to note is that this is a repeatable solution that is available for download at CodePlex and fits an exponentially growing need for government agencies that need to publish data to satisfy Open Government and transparency initiatives. Access http://www.opengovdi.com to learn more about OGDI.