February 3rd, 2015
The City of Anaheim, CA, launched its new Open Data Portal during the Mayor’s annual “State of the City” address today. With a population of over 336,000 people, Anaheim is the largest municipality in Orange County and the 10th largest in California.
The driving force behind this initiative was Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait himself, who decided that the City would field its own Open Data Portal after seeing that other US cities were embracing this innovation. Mayor Tait directed the Department of IT to find and implement a solution in time for the “State of the City” address, and Junar was invited to bid after a market survey determined it to be a leading vendor in the Open Data space. Junar was awarded the contract in November 2014, and implementation work commenced immediately between City staff and Junar specialists in order to achieve the City’s ambitious goal of fielding a robust Open Data Portal in time for the annual address just 10 weeks off.
Anaheim’s Open Data Portal launched with a compliment of 79 open data resources: dashboards, spreadsheets, charts, and maps. More resources will be added in the future. The portal is available at: http://anaheim.opendata.junar.
I’m also committed to creating a city hall that is accountable to every resident and business. This means having a city government that is transparent and open. When I first took office, I challenged our city staff to come up with ideas that would bring visibility to everything we’re doing. And we’re making progress.
Today we’re launching the Open Data Portal – a website providing city facts, city budgets, statistics and reports to all interested parties.
Just look at this: From crime mapping to mining new business permit applications, we’re releasing this data to the public – to app developers, community organizations, businesses and individuals.
For example – if you’re one of the developers thinking about investing in Beach Boulevard, right now you can go and find the kind of businesses already operating there, what new businesses are pulling licenses, and all sorts of things about West Anaheim.
The Open Data Portal will create economic activity that we can’t even foresee today. And it makes us more responsive to the needs of all of our citizens. This is transparency and accountability at work for our city.
This post submitted by Tim Tierney