WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 8, 2019) –
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio recently unveiled an online data portal giving the public even more open access to municipal data. Ranging from code violations to business licenses, raw data from the City of West Palm Beach can all be seen on or downloaded from the city’s website www.wpb.org
, which enables citizens to reach a vast amount of data within one space. The data may also be integrated with other applications. Residents are invited to take a look!
The portal is a wealth of information and offers these features for the data-curious:
- Aggregation of city information and applications, which enables their interactivity (For example, the City Infrastructure Projects lookup application and the sanitation pickup information lookup application can be used interactively within the portal);
- Various downloadable formats including GIS or spreadsheets;
- Popular City Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, such as a map of City infrastructure projects;
- Links to most requested City information, including ordinances, Commission meeting minutes and permits.
Priority datasets for future publication include:
- Public Safety;
- Capital Improvement Projects;
The City’s Open Data Portal is a part of the City’s larger commitment to transparency and collaboration with residents. Prior to the release of the Open Data Portal, the City of West Palm Beach also:
- Launched “West Palm Working,” a performance dashboard enabling the public and City leaders to track the City’s progress on key performance measures;
- Passed an open data policy, which established a framework for proactively publishing municipal data and laid the groundwork for West Palm Beach to drive decision-making with data;
- Published a revised Strategic Plan for the City;
- Institutionalized a performance management system for City departments.
To access the City’s Open Data Portal, visit wpb.org
and click on the circular ‘Open Data’ button, or visit http://gisportal-wpbgis.opendata.arcgis.com/
“By increasingly opening up our data directly to the public, the City of West Palm Beach takes another step forward in our commitment to transparency,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are committed to delivering results for residents by making the City’s data even more accessible and consumable.”
The data effort is the result of the City’s collaboration with partners on the What Works Cities (WWC) initiative, launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies. By working with WWC experts, the City of West Palm Beach was able to incorporate leading national best practices into its policy.
The City of West Palm Beach wants your feedback. What information do you want to see on the website? What data could help make life better for residents, businesses, and visitors? Share with the City your thoughts on the Portal in the ‘Submit Your Feedback’ section.