The City of London launched its new Open Data Portal today in collaboration with Western University’s Hack Western student run hackathon event.
With close to 200 datasets available, the new Portal allows for quicker and easier public access to City data, by allowing data to be viewed through the Portal and downloaded in multiple formats. A key feature of the Open Data Portal is real-time updates ensuring access to live data. This drives efficiency by allowing community members to access data directly rather than requesting it manually.
“Open Data advances the City of London’s Strategic Plan commitment to being trusted, open and accountable in service of our community,” says Rosanna Wilcox, Director of Service, Innovation and Performance. “The new Open Data Portal demonstrates progress towards increasing access to information to support community decision making.”
Hack Western is an annual student run hackathon hosted at Western University. Students participating in Hack Western have the opportunity to use the Open Data Portal to innovate, build and create new applications.
“Hack Western is an exciting opportunity for community engagement and innovation using City of London Open Data,” says Matt Ross, Manager of Analytics and Divisional Support. “The Open Data Portal allows live connection to data, and this enables students to build new applications and analytics projects using City data to add value for Londoners.”
What is Open Data?
Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused and distributed by anyone without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.
Why Open Data?
Open Data is an important component of accountable and transparent government. It creates community engagement opportunities and empowers community members to establish civic innovations using City data. It improves service delivery, creating efficiencies by removing data request processes and making data readily available.