The City of Syracuse took another step in it’s open data evolution recently by launching an open data portal, joining the City of Albany in the small but growing fraternity of Upstate cities with open data portal.
The new open data portal represents months of work by the city’s Chief Data Officer and municipal innovation team. There are a number of very useful and valuable data sets available on the site, particularly the newly released parcel data file with details on all 40,000+ properties in the city.
The launch of this site underscores Syracuse’s commitment to transparency and engagement, but it also shows that open data is not just for big cities. The City of Buffalo is also slated to launch an open data portal soon. Here’s hoping not only that we see more cities adopting open data, but that Upstate cities begin sharing new ideas and strategies for putting this data to work.