Municipal governments produce and commission large amounts of data and information every day. Making these datasets available to the public enables these institutions to become more transparent and accountable to their citizens. By encouraging the use and free distribution of datasets, governments are inviting citizens to more actively engage with public agencies and are promoting the creation of innovative, citizen-centric services and solutions.
In New York City, Open Data is the law. The “Open Data Law”, enacted in 2012, mandates that all public data be made available on a single web portal by the end of 2018. New York City already makes hundreds of datasets available at opendata.