Raleigh, NC Wins National Award for Open Data Portal
By Elana Hopman
The City of Raleigh was recently honored with a 2013 Web 2.0 award for its innovative open data portal, Open Raleigh. The award, given by The Public Technology Institute (PTI), recognizes state and local governments that utilize web 2.0 technologies to promote citizen engagement and governmental transparency through open data. This is the second award for the city from PTI; Raleigh also received a significant achievement award in the 2012-13 PTI Technology Solutions Awards.
Since the launch of the portal in March of this year, the City of Raleigh has added 100 data sets, 67 maps, and 292 charts. All of this data is presented in a user-friendly format and is free for citizens, journalists, and developers to view, download, and analyze. Some of the key information available in the portal includes fire incidents, crime data, and city budgets.
The City of Raleigh is not only a local leader in open data but also a champion for the initiative in the greater Triangle region, which includes Durham, Chapel Hill, and Cary. Its goal is to make the region a top five entrepreneurial community in the country, and with events like the NC DataJam and the upcoming NC DataPalooza, these efforts are proving to be quite fruitful.
The NC DataPalooza will be held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on September 12 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This event will be the culmination of the 90-day open data competition that began earlier this year with the NC DataJam. For registration and more information, visit http://ncdatapalooza.com.
These events, which encourage entrepreneurial innovation and civic collaboration, increase awareness of the incredible potential of data transparency.