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Civic Hacking day to encourage digital community initiatives

3 years 5 months 1 week ago Friday, June 05 2015 Jun 5, 2015 June 05, 2015 10:57 AM June 05, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden is encouraging Baton Rouge residents to participate in "National Day of Civic Hacking" on Saturday, June 6.

The Mayor's office said that the event, led by Code for America, is designed to encourage citizens across the U.S. to develop ideas, solutions or initiatives to improvement  their communities. 

"Over the past several years, we have placed a tremendous amount of importance on doing everything we can to make Baton Rouge a more digital, transparent and accessible City-Parish," said Mayor Holden. "National Day of Hacking is truly about our community working together to create innovative solutions that will benefit us all, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish by working together to leverage data and make Baton Rouge an even better place to call home."

In January East Baton Rouge Parish launched Open Data BR, an open data portal that features data including police/fire incidents, permit information and traffic accidents. 

"The Open Data BR initiative is definitely taking Baton Rouge in the right direction and served as the inspiration for my iOS app, BTR Crime, that provides users with the ability to easily visualize crime patterns in Baton Rouge," Dr. James Davis of Sabot Solutions said. 

All data published on Open Data BR is available for free to the public to consume, download, or create visualizations. 

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