NYC gets serious about making public notices searchable
- By Derek Major
- Aug 21, 2015
New York City has released a searchable online version of the daily City Record newspaper, the official publication for notices on public hearings, auctions and sales, solicitations and rules proposed and adopted by city agencies.
Updated daily, the City Record Online (CROL) is a fully searchable, machine-readable online database of all such notices, including schedules for more than 750 public hearings, land sales and contract awards for the $1.2 billion of goods and services that are acquired by the city each year. Until now only a small subset of information was searchable through the daily PDF postings of the newspaper.
Solicitations and awards are searchable from 2003 to the present, while non-procurement notices are searchable from 2013 to present. Residents and small businesses can sign up for email notifications, and the data will also be available on the city’s Open Data Portal.
Daily postings appear first on CROL at 12:00 a.m. The City Record newspaper is published at 9:00 a.m. when the PDF copy is posted online.
“Mayor de Blasio is ushering in a new era of government transparency as his administration puts online one of the oldest print publications in the country,” said Minerva Tantoco, CTO for the City of New York. “By enabling real-time email notifications and posting this information in the Open Data Portal, we’re planting the seeds of increased civic engagement and new business opportunities.”
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.