We’re working for the following goals:
- Inclusion: Create a sophisticated platform specifically for small municipalities & first nations allowing them to provide equivalent level of digital service as larger, wealthier municipalities.
- Frugality: Save taxpayers tens of thousands per municipality by leveraging open source alternatives & using existing tools innovatively.
- Transparency: Use cutting-edge tools and BI frameworks to transparently share data with the public & enhance understanding for council.
- Strengthen Municipal Commons: Encouraged public ownership of valuable data & information.
Working as a CFO in Ashcroft for nearly 5 years I have become intimately familiar with challenges unique to small municipalities. Averse to spending tens of thousands on software and then on consulting with an end result that was neither simple or practical, I applied insights and innovative ideas from science and academia that could allow small municipalities to level the playing field compared to their larger counterparts. The end result is a SaaS model with open source at the core that simplifies operations and cuts costs and dependencies and is extremely powerful and infinitely extensible.
JI was created to foster innovation for small municipalities. Small municipalities face greater financial & HR constraints and are unable to afford additional technical staff. They need solutions that are specifically tailored for them to be simple, effective & most importantly, frugal.
JI has developed an innovative platform to hide complexity and handle data warehousing, ETL, semantics and analytics while providing frugal, effective solutions optimized for small municipalities. We enable the use of free and open source software to drastically cut costs and provide a common platform to share expertise and resources.
Solutions vs Software
Our focus has been to develop solutions and as opposed to just software. Solutions that are practical, realistic and flexible enough to incorporate conditions unique to each municipality.
If data is the new oil, feedback data is gold dust (paraphrased).Prof. Ajay Agrawal, founder of the Creative Destruction Lab and co-founder of the AI/robotics company Kindred
The advent of AI and IoT has increased the volume and importance of data. Most municipalities are not structuring their contracts appropriately to retain ownership of their data. This leaves them dependent and reliant on service providers. JI was formed to address this gap and we explicitly assign ownership of data to the municipality thereby retaining public ownership of this increasingly valuable asset.
I am an enthusiastic supporter of our community of learning and often conduct workshops & seminars and believe in sharing knowledge openly and helping colleagues succeed. My focus is on encouraging adoption of open source to improve collaboration and cut IT costs drastically.
This work is opening up possibilities in application of sensor networks, advanced analytics and AI predicated on a shared platform. I see huge potential in low-cost IoT sensor networks alongside burgeoning AI field. I believe were are at an inflection point with AI much like prior revolutions in semiconductors and internet which changed societies and I am committed to helping municipalities realize the benefits. I’m also looking into lowering costs for mapping and imaging for the public sector.