City Adds More Datasets Online
Tuesday April 15, 2014
Part of Mayor Fischer’s Open Data policy, commitment to transparency
Continuing his commitment to open the city’s data to the public, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that more than 90 additional datasets will be placed online in the next three months.
The sets are used in a variety of ways, including by smart phone app developers to map parks and bike routes or show TARC bus schedules in real time.
The new datasets include:
- Public safety: 911 call dispatching, performance by EMS ambulances and fire runs;
- Transparency and use of taxpayer dollars: employee overtime and timely payment of invoices to vendors who do business with the city;
- Social services and community building: library usage, community center attendance and eligibility for Women Infants and Children program.
“My team is driven by data,” Fischer said. “We make decisions by it and we share it with citizens so they can use it, too.”
The Mayor made the announcement of the new datasets after receiving an internal report that he requested last October after signing an executive order committing Louisville Metro Government to an Open Data policy. He asked for an inventory of all city datasets and that report was delivered today.
It showed the city has 414 total datasets — everything from restaurant inspection scores to the city’s employee salary database. Thirty-five of those are already online at data.louisvilleky.gov
Louisville is benchmarking and comparing its Open Data efforts with other cities via the “US City Open Data Census” from the Sunlight Foundation and Code for America.
In addition to the 90 data sets announced today, the Mayor announced a goal of putting 91 other sets online in the next 180 days -- and another 173 datasets in the future.