Government data and the ability to build civic solutions on top of it holds the answers to lots of civic problems. From interactive budgeting tools, to applications that show where road closures are -- open public data empowers the local development community to help solve difficult civic situations.
What was the problem?
What is the solution?
The City of Chattanooga is working to release unprecedented amounts of public data that will spur civic innovation and economic growth. Through a strong partnership with its Public Library, the city is also investing in an independent platform to host all community data -- not just government. Libraries have been curating information for thousands of years. Why should digital information be any different?
Progressive cities across the country are opening up civic data for public use, but this initiative is unique because of the partnership with our Public Library. Chattanooga's
library has been called "The Library of the Future" and hosts hack-a-thons and start-up nights for local developers. By hosting the official data portal for the City of Chattanooga, the Library will be able to reach out to other non-profits, private businesses, and community organizations to host their data. The Library will also be an independent advocate for high quality open data, which is invaluable for the long term future of government transparency in Chattanooga.
Chattanooga is also working with the local Code for America Brigade, its Code for America Fellows, and several community organizations to identify, clean, and publish key community and government data to the portal, in addition to educating the community on use of the portal, and creating projects that utilize the data in creative ways to advance the city.
Immediate success of the portal is measured by how much data is available on the portal. The City produced an inventory of all city data and a schedule for making it publicly available. In the longer term, Chattanooga plans to develop performance measures to capture overall success of the portal including the number of users who interact with the data, whether or not the data is available in real time, and the number of apps that are created.
In addition to constructing the city's first open data portal, Berke and others are members of an open government collaborative that works to build meaningful connections to the developer community and spur civic innovation. The open government collaborative has created a civic user testing group to test government forms, websites, and notices prior to deployment to ensure maximum efficiency in communicating with our constituents.
Where It's Working
Resources for Action
Mapping Open Data Across the U.S.
List of Open Data Sites by City, County, & State