Police Departments Nationwide Embrace Open Data

May 19, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

The NYPD is increasing training on parking tickets after open data revealed patrol officers were unaware of a major legal change from 2009. Plus, a new survey reveals momentum in government open data efforts, two California police departments are sharing more data, and much more. Read on for the big open data headlines in this week’s Open Data Download:

Open Data Market Is Growing, Study Says

“Open data is one of government’s most acclaimed endeavors, but back in March, U.S. Open Data Director Waldo Jaquith noted that open data might be a trend on shaky ground. “Fad” can be another word for ‘trend,’ after all. But a new study conducted by open data company Socrata indicates that, for the time being, investment in and support for open data remain steady.” Read more from Government Technology.

Open data reveals dodgy NYPD parking ticket practices

“Open data policies in government don’t just exist for the sake of convenience — sometimes, they can reveal serious structural problems. I Quant NY’s Ben Wellington took advantage of both New York City’s open data and Google Maps to determine that the NYPD was issuing thousands of tickets on streets where parking is legal.” Read more from Engadget.

Berkeley: Police open data portal now available to public

“In a move toward greater transparency, arrest and booking data will henceforth be available online, the result of a collaboration between the Berkeley Police Department’s Professional Standards Division and the city’s IT Department.” Read more from East Bay Times.

Where Drinking, Drugs and Alzheimer’s Are Disproportionately Fatal

“Although the top causes of death are similar for most states, many states have their own peculiar hard cases —types of deaths whose rates are higher than the national norm, a Stateline analysis of 2014 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.” Read more from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Menlo Park police join federal push for open data

“The Menlo Park Police Department joins 52 other law enforcement agencies around the nation, including San Jose, San Francisco, Vallejo and San Leandro, participating in the Police Data Initiative.” Read more from The Mercury News.