City-parish launches open data initiative
BATON ROUGE - City-parish leaders launched a new service Friday designed to make information about East Baton Rouge Parish more accessible to the public.
Mayor-President Kip Holden said Open Data BR is the first of several digital initiatives intended to make city-parish government more accessible and transparent.
"The launch of Open Data BR is a critical step toward growing a strong, vibrant digital economy here in Baton Rouge," Mayor Holden said. "We believe this initiative will truly revolutionize how the public interacts with our City-Parish data."
The first round of data posted Friday includes fire and police data, employee salaries, and detailed property information. More data will be added as the initiative moves on.
Holden said before, data was held close to the chest by various agencies in the parish. The new open data initiative pools that data in one place where people can view and download it. The mayor said larger cities such as New York and Chicago have embraced open data initiatives to solve problems, and doing so was one recommendation made by IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge Grant last year.
You can access the city's data on the Open Data BR website.