Louisville, Kentucky, has released an initial audit on efforts to make open data more accessible and useful to the public.
City agencies have put 71 new data sets online this year, according to audit figures, but CivSource Online, which first reported the news, said the slowness with which governments have historically released data sets that offer actual value remains troubling.
“We’ve seen the realities of this play out in the civic tech space which is heavily populated by shiny apps focused on transit times or cleaning up the sidewalks with few real initiatives aimed at issues of importance such as social services, homelessness or fiscal transparency,” CivSource’s Bailey McCann said.
Louisville first instituted an open-data-by-default policy last year, joining a growing number of cities taking a similar stand. So far, Louisville’s offering includes information on city spending, performance metrics and urban blight information.