Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2014
No. 001
www.nyc.gov

NEW YORK CITY CONTINUES BUILDING UPON OPEN DATA EFFORTS

Annual Update to NYC Open Data Plan Includes Nearly 350 Data Sets to Open by 2018

More than 150 Data Sets Opened Since Last Fall, Dozens for First Time from non-City Entities

Building upon New York City’s demonstrated commitment to open data, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) this week released the first annual update to the NYC Open Data Plan, detailing the full listing of data sets to be opened by City agencies by 2018 – and the schedule for doing so. These efforts are part of the City’s ongoing open government initiatives aimed at engaging the public to make City government operations more effective, promote innovative strategies for social progress, and create economic opportunities. This work was codified by the City’s landmark open data law, Local Law 11 of 2012, and is regularly advanced by developers, designers, students, and media outlets that use the data, as well by initiatives such as the annual NYC BigApps competition.

“Data is integral to making government function, identifying areas where we can improve performance, and empowering New Yorkers to propose ideas to make government work better,” said DoITT Commissioner Anne M. Roest. “We’re pleased to present this annual update to the Mayor and City Council and look forward to our continued, collaborative work with agencies citywide to further open and automate public data.”

“This update demonstrates New York City’s commitment to government transparency and openness,” said Acting Chief Open Platform Officer Nicholas J. O’Brien. “New York is a national pioneer Open Data and this plan provides a roadmap for our continued leadership in this area.”

Per the 2014 NYC Open Data plan, a total of 345 data sets are scheduled to be opened by December 2018, the deadline defined by the open data law. Since release of the original plan last September, 160 new data sets that have been published. Nearly 70 of the data sets published during that time were not originally identified by City agencies, but have since been released as their plans were updated and refined. Dozens of additional data sets from non-City entities, including Foursquare, The New York Times, Yelp, Yahoo! and others have also been added.

Overall, 135 data sets are scheduled to be “unlocked” (i.e., made available in machine-readable formats for the development of applications) in 2014, with nearly 100 more coming in 2015. Approximately 1,300 data sets in all are now available via the NYC Open Data portal, the City’s centralized data repository – including a number of new highly sought-after submissions. These include:

  • Motor Vehicle Collision Data (published by the New York City Police Department) – details collision data from July 2012 to the present.
  • Lost property contact information (Taxi and Limousine Commission) – allows individuals to trace individual taxi cabs to their base locations. The data set includes the phone number of each base, allowing users to immediately contact bases and retrieve lost items.
  • Flu shot locations (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) – provides individuals with information on facilities in the City providing seasonal flu shot vaccinations. Facility locations, contact information, and vaccine prices are among the data provided.
  • Farmers market locations (DoHMH) – provides information on City farmers markets, including locations and times that each market is open. The data set also includes whether each market accepts EBT and Health Bucks, allowing residents to purchase affordable, fresh produce from local farmers.
  • Monthly tonnage reports (Department of Sanitation) – allows users to sort by district the monthly values of refuse; paper recycling; and metal, glass, and plastic recycling.
  • Graffiti information (DSNY) – lists information on reported incidents of graffiti, including the location and outcome of each incident.
  • Permitted event information (Office of the Mayor) – includes details of approved event applications up to one month in advance.
  • Multiple data sets published by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Included among these crucial data sets are a list of buildings registered for multiple-family dwelling and information on violations within rental dwelling units.

“Today's update to the NYC Open Data Plan is a great step toward a more open and transparent New York City,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, primary City Council sponsor of the Open Data Law. “There is still more that can be done to ensure that open data is as useful and robust as possible, but this plan shows that we are on the right track. I look forward to working with partners from government, academia, and the private sector to keep New York City at the forefront of this important movement.”

“The release of these data sets is yet another step toward a more inclusive and open New York City, which equals a better place to live for residents,” said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the City Council Committee on Technology. “Providing the public with more information, such as statistics on vehicle collisions and graffiti hotspots, will only improve our city by making our streets safer and cleaner.”

“The 2012 NYC Open Data Law is hitting its stride. The City has already published large amounts of useful data, and the updated Open Data Plan accelerates the release of even more,” said John Kaehny, Executive Director of Reinvent Albany and co-chair of the New York City Transparency Working Group. “NYC has all the ingredients in place to be a global leader in open data: we have a strong open data team in the Mayor's Office and DoITT, and strong support from a range of public stakeholders including civic groups, tech start-ups and scholars. We also have a City Council and Borough Presidents who value and understand the potential of open data to improve government services and transparency.”

The 2014 NYC Open Data Plan, including the full list of data sets scheduled for release can be accessed through an interactive dashboard and in document form on NYC.gov. Also available via the NYC Open Data portal is an analytics page, enabling users to track real time use of City data sets.

New York City’s Open Data Law – Local Law 11 of 2012 – requires City agencies to systematically categorize and make accessible in “open” formats their public data sets at no charge. Today’s announcement marks the first annual update, as required by the law, to the original NYC Open Data Plan issued in September 2013. The next annual update comes in July 2015, when DoITT will detail its progress made since the 2014 report.

Contact:
Nick Sbordone  (212) 788-6602