It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, it’s a competitive world, and people do love rankings.
The groups Code for America, Sunlight Foundation and the Open Knowledge Foundation have published an Open Data Census that ranks 36 U.S. cities according to how many civic datasets they’ve opened to the public.
The study takes into account dozens of possible datasets, from crime data to 311 calls to restaurant inspections to GIS data. The results can be sorted by score (top scorer San Francisco at 1570 all the way to three cities at 0) or alphabetically, and viewers can take a deep dive into information on all 36 cities.
The ranking is actually a fascinating dataset in and of itself, especially for an avowed data geek like me.
What strikes me most, though, is the fact that many of the governments ranking well on the list are small and midsize cities. Continue reading