A new open data policy is the first in a number of steps planned to make Scottsdale’s data "more consumable, readily available and useful for decision making."
On Aug. 31 the Scottsdale City adopted City Council Resolution 10548, stating "it is the policy of the City of Scottsdale to promote openness, transparency and accountability through open data …”
That policy is supported through a scope of work approved by the City Council in May. In addition to adopting the policy, the city is conducting a data inventory to identify city data sources and data sets and improving the information available on the city’s open data portal.
The new focus on open data should improve upon the city information already available online in a number of formats and locations.
Many city datasets and interactive maps are available in the city's eServices portal. Staff will work to prioritize and release these in open data format.
As the process continues, staff is also exploring how existing resources can be combined with freely available open data tools to develop a more robust city open data portal. It is possible that additional funds to support this work will be requested from the City Council in the future.
The city’s open data effort is part of its work as a 2016 partner in the What Works Cities initiative, a national program that helps cities evaluate how they are using data and evidence to engage residents, make government more effective and improve lives.