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NYC puts open data to work

New York City's annual open data report highlights progress it has made in making its data more accessible to the public and how the information has been leveraged by city agencies.

According to NYC: Data at Work, the NYC Open Data Platform added 629 new datasets in the past year from 38 agencies, bringing the total number of open datasets to over 2,000. The website has been accessed by more than a million unique users.

The report outlines how agencies including the Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management, the Department of Environmental Protection, the New York Police Department and others have benefitted from the open data effort.

The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, for example, used data collected on trips to make policy changes to the number of hours a driver can spend in a car. The primary land use tax lot output dataset along with data from 311 calls and fire incident reports were used by the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics to prioritize building inspections.   

These efforts show that data can be used to better manage New York, MODA Acting Director James Perazzo said. “Our commitment to reproducible analysis and fact-based governance ‎is making NYC Open Data an increasingly routine part of City operations.”

The report concludes with a chart of more than 400 datasets the city plans to release in 2018 and 2019, including a map of NYC parks dog areas, beach attendance and trust fund invasions and repayments.  

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

Leonard can be contacted at mleonard@gcn.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Lnrd.

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