City to Launch Open Data Portal October 20
The City of Greensboro will launch an Open Data Portal called “Open Gate City” at a public event from 6-8 pm on October 20 at HQ Greensboro, 111 W. Lewis St. The City’s open data effort is part of its work as a 2016 partner in the What Works Cities Initiative, a national program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies that supports cities’ use of data to make government more transparent and effective.
The portal will include data from public safety, local ordinance enforcement, human resources and finance, as well as permit and inspection information. City staff will continue to gather information for release to the Open Gate City portal as an ongoing process. The portal will make data easily accessible in an effort to encourage residents to become more familiar with how their government is performing, engage with the city’s developer community, and build tools and resources that will enhance city services.
“Our goal is to collect the data we have and place it on the Open Gate City portal so that residents and developers alike can have easy access to information they need,” said Jane Nickles, director of the Information Technology Department. “We hope the media and public will come out to the launch on October 20 to gain a sense of how releasing data can increase the ability for researchers, businesses and residents to find solutions to improve our community.”
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