Sunday, November 2, 2014

DC open government news

On October 29, Mayor Gray announced news about DC's open government initiatives.   The most exciting of the initiatives―FOIAXpress, Open Government Reports, revision of the Terms and Conditions, Open Government Advisory Group, Track.dc.gov, opendata.dc.gov―is Open Data, the new home of DC government data sets.   According to the release,
Among the 237 new datasets available at data.dc.gov are:
  • Three-dimensional renderings of all District buildings;
  • FY 2013-2014 DC Public Schools enrollment data;
  • New land use data sets including vacant lots and community gardens;
  • Urban Tree Canopy data;
  • Great Streets Initiative site boundaries

As agencies continue to clean their data, and work through any HIPAA aor other confidentiality concerns, more data sets will be shared on opendata.dc.gov.

Other welcome news is that Track DC has been upgraded.   Again according to the release,

Enhancements to the Track DC website include:
  • New graphics, charts, and visual displays;
  • Improved functionality and features, such as the ability to export data directly from agency dashboards;
  • New land use data sets including vacant lots and community gardens;
  • Simplified design, navigation, and help features; and
  • Responsive web design to optimize the user experience on mobile devices.

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