Open data initiatives are transforming the way governments across the country interact with their communities and are promoting civic engagement through transparency and accountability. Open data is much more than just making data available to the public; it’s about transforming the way we think about data, how it’s collected, used, published and maintained. It’s a unique opportunity to look at the data we have and realize that this data could be utilized outside the walls of City Hall to help solve problems for both the City and its constituents. It’s about putting the data in the hands of the citizens, community partners, entrepreneurs and letting them analyze and visualize the data for their own needs and purposes.
By endorsing open data principles, the city is encouraging digital innovation, which can enhance citizen communications, supporting the brand of the city as creative and innovative, improving service delivery, supporting citizens to self-organize and solve their own problems, and creating a stronger sense of civic engagement, community and pride.
We invite you to learn more about the projects and programs funded by the Community Enhancement Fund by using the open data tool, the amount spent to date (updated quarterly), and see where these enhancement are being made. Click here to start analyzing the data. You can search by category, sub-category, fiscal year, project stage, and through the interactive map. Start exploring today!