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NYC opens up more datasets

Some 400 new datasets will be added to the Open Data Plan for future release

New York city is one of those leading the way when it comes to open data
New York city is one of those leading the way when it comes to open data

New York’s city government has published more than 600 datasets from 38 city agencies on its Open Data portal as part of its annual report update for 2018.


Open Data for All and the NYC Open Data Plan aims to “pull back the curtain” on digital government to show how the city collects data, how data powers city operations, and how publishing that data publicly creates value in communities across the five boroughs.


How open data drives efficiencies


The 2018 Open Data report features NYC Data at Work, a series of vignettes highlighting how open data powers government efficiency in NYC from emergency services to M/WBE contracting opportunities, as well as ways New Yorkers use open data in their products, research, and advocacy.


It also reveals some 400 new datasets that will be added to the Open Data Plan for future release and over 200 unique agency civic engagement commitments.


Some of the newly released datasets include:

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) street furniture location information, including bus stop shelters, bike parking shelters, newsstands and parking meters;
  • A series of data tables from a relational database on housing development projects receiving financial assistance from the Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  • The NYCgov poverty measure from 2005-2016, published by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.

“Open Data for All brings transparency to all aspects of New York City operations, making for a more efficient, collaborative, and resourceful government,” said Samir Saini, commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.


“I am thrilled to see our city’s public data being put to such great use by innovators, startups, technologists, and New Yorkers everywhere. Open Data is here to stay, and we are committed to carrying it forward.”


In addition, the open data team is calling for the creation of the first-ever Open Data Advisory Council and Open Data Youth Leadership Council. The advisory council will create a forum to develop strategic partnerships as well as formalise the channel for presenting and receiving feedback on NYC’s Open Data strategy.

"Open Data is here to stay, and we are committed to carrying it forward”

The open call and search process has begun and seeks representation from city agencies, nonprofits, academia, advocates, private sector and the community to serve on an advisory board for the NYC Open Data team.


“NYC Data at Work demonstrates just a few ways that public data – and the dedicated public servants who collect, manage, and analyse it – make New York City a better place to live," added James Perazzo, acting director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. “Our commitment to reproducible analysis and fact-based governance ‎is making NYC Open Data an increasingly routine part of city operations.”


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