Mayor orders city to post data trove online

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Mayor Orders City to Post Data Trove Online: Open Baltimore Effort Intended to Increase Transparency, Accountability

by Julie Scharper, Baltimore Sun, January 26, 2011

Which Baltimore neighborhoods have the most break-ins? Where are cars most likely to be ticketed? Which city buildings are assessed the highest property taxes — and which are not taxed at all? Before Wednesday, those seeking answers to such questions would have to file time-consuming public information requests to obtain city data. But the city is now posting such data on a new website — two dozen sets of data from city agencies so far, with more to be posted in the coming months. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said making the information public will help “innovative and creative people … find ways to improve service delivery and save money for taxpayers.” She signed an executive order Wednesday requiring city agencies to post data online as part of an effort called Open Baltimore. …

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