(March 27, 2014) In an effort to increase transparency and efficiency, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced today that he has signed an executive order mandating all city departments to publish raw government data on the city’s website. The executive order authorizes collection of the data by the Chief Information Officer who will manage and update the information regularly. To kick off the effort, twenty data sets will be released in the next several months including financial, budget, assessors, tax, grand list, and health and human services information.
“This is about far more than transparency,” said Mayor Segarra. “Opening the door to public information makes our services easier to access, our City departments more efficient, and our collaborations with strategic partners more effective. Sharing data allows residents to understand how government works and gives them a chance to play a more active role in it. It will also allow us to come up with data-driven solutions for many of our most persistent problems.”
Mayor Segarra’s Executive Order No. 2014-1 establishes an Open Data Management Team made up of the Chief Information Officer and appointed representatives from each city department.
“Mayor Segarra has made this such a priority, and I'm excited to play a role in modernizing the way our information is shared,” said Sabina Sitaru, Director of MetroHartford Information Services. “Open data exponentially increases the resources available to study how the City works, it encourages public engagement but it also drastically decreases the time it takes to gather information internally. Other cities across the state are looking at this as the truly viable innovative option that it is.”
To implement the online portal the City of Hartford has signed a contract with Socrata, Inc. The open data will include maps, charts, graphs and it will integrate with the City’s enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS). The data will not include any personal or private records or any other personally identifiable information.
The Open Data Management Team will present its first report to the Mayor within 6 months and then yearly progress reports thereafter. Aligning with the State of Connecticut, Hartford is the first municipality to establish an Open Data Portal.
For Immediate Release: March 27, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
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