One of Arvada’s IT staff members attended the conference in Chicago as well. He came back with the theme of “data, data, data” just get started. So we did. We met with several business units in the City and talked about the value of publishing their data. They got it, we are working on getting their data sets online. We also scoured our web site and pulled data into one location to start the process. We publish our data via PDF, XLS, KML and SHP files. There are also links to online searches and online maps. We have over 5 pages of data so far. Financials will be coming next. Check out our open data site when you have time. http://www.arvada.org/opendata
We also know we are not a big enough player to get attention for writing apps, although we also know that Colorado has a large number of tech workers, so we want to tap into that. We started Colorado Smart Communities Labs – to create a state wide portal for publishing data from multiple jurisdictions, one stop shopping if you will. Come visit GroupSite.com and look for CSC Labs – we would love your input or ideas!
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