Thursday, August 30, 2012

Somerville Launches First Socrata-Powered Open Data Portal in New England

Attention residents, We have reached open data. Please feel free to roam about the data portal. 

It's live, folks. Today, Mayor Curtatone unveiled New England's first Socrata-powered Open Data Portal, adding Somerville to a select group of Open Data innovators committed to delivering municipal data to any interested resident. Located at the new webpage includes user-friendly, self-service access to City data via data-rich tables and charting features. The initiative will be highlighted during a webinar presented by Mayor Curtatone and Somerville representatives on Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. EST. You can register for the webinar here.

The new Open Data Portal leverages the latest data sharing technologies from Socrata to build upon Mayor Curtatone's commitment to transparency in city government. Why? As the Mayor put it, to "give residents and community members much deeper access to City data and work order tracking systems -and will deliver that access on a more consistent basis.  It's a great new way for residents to understand the way their government works, and to hold us accountable to our goal of making Somerville a great place to live, work, play and raise a family."

And this is just the beginning. For now, the site includes the data sets below. More will be added over time. Let us know what data you would like access to. to:
  • Operational data from the city's 311 call center, which includes data sets from:
    • Department of Public Works
    • Traffic & Parking
    • Inspectional Services
    • Results of the 2011 Wellbeing Survey, visualized and analyzed by ward
  • The City Operating Budgets for Fiscal Years 2010 - 2013
  • Results of the latest ACE (Accurate Courteous Easy) Service Scorecard, visualized by department

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