The Bloomberg administration is generally perceived as progressive when it comes to giving citizens access to municipal data. Dozens of reports and statistics from city agencies are just a click away on nyc.gov, and New York’s 311 information service was a significant logistical achievement, even if the technology behind it—the telephone!—now seems a bit archaic.
But there’s a growing demand among transparency advocates for a more comprehensive and sophisticated level of data sharing.
The latest sign: a new bill making its rounds in the City Council that would create unprecedented open data standards for New York City government.
The bill, which is being spearheaded by Gale Brewer, who chairs the Council’s Technology in Government Committee, is up for a public hearing on June 29. It would compile all of the city’s public data on a single Web site, like data.nyc.gov, as well as making the data available in a raw, machine-readable format so that programmers could develop useful online and mobile applications out of it.