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Mayor @JoeCurtatone Misses Own Deadline for OpenData Initiative

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Posted on August 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm
Last Modified on August 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

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In June, the City proudly announced that it would be posting lots of operational data in July online at data.somervillema.gov.  Well, it’s August 1st and that webpage hasn’t been set up yet. While disappointing, it’s not surprising given that the City’s  current site for municipal data called “Accurate, Courteous, and Easy” (ACE) has lapsed for the 2nd time this year (the six-week turn-around means that May data should have been posted by now). For the previous lapse, see my May 5th post Mayor Curtatone’s ACE Webpage for Responsiveness Data Late Again .

As the mayor said on the ACE webpage:

We should not have to tell you we are doing well. We should be able to show we are doing well. And if we are falling short in some areas, then you should be able to see that too.

Looks like the mayor is falling short in the areas of transparency and keeping promises.

8/15/2012 Update : 

@ i c that OpenData http://t.co/8xZhHUuF is up. When'll data b added + y's it taking so long? #Somerville http://t.co/9VJjDsSO
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2 Responses to “Mayor @JoeCurtatone Misses Own Deadline for OpenData Initiative”

  1. eila says:

    Thanks, Barry! I was also looking forward to exploring the initial data sets that were due to be posted sometime in July. I’m especially interested in GIS-related datasets that will drill down to the hyperlocal street level (and complement what we have with the cool MassGIS’s online mapping tool), for categories like planning/land use, streets/transportation, terrain/environmental, public safety, public facilities, building permit histories and housing types.

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  2. The City’s Socrata site is up (not sure when that happened) at data.somervillema.gov and requires a quick registration to log in. However, there doesn’t seem to be any data available yet.

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