DENVER – Denver today announced an expanded open data catalog now offering more than 160 data sets to the public, with many more on the way. From abandoned trolley tracks to zoning for urban gardens, 39 new data sets have been released in time to support this weekend’s Hack4Colorado hack-a-thon, which coincides with the National Day of Civic Hacking.
The open data catalog is part of Mayor Hancock’s “eDenver” initiative to provide easy, 24-hour access to city services right from your office, living room or smart device.
“Smart government works for its people by meeting them where they are, and people are more electronically connected than ever,” Mayor Hancock said. “That’s why Denver is leveraging technology to increase transparency, lower costs and provide convenient customer service. By making our data open and accessible to the public, we hope to encourage creative uses for the city’s data, which includes traffic accidents, park amenities and neighborhood maps.”
Rated one of the top tech hubs in the nation, the city’s working to expand its data catalog to support the burgeoning mobile app development community sprouting in Denver’s urban core. The release of data for the hack-a-thon will provide civic-minded individuals with new sources to leverage as they work to create the next iTriage or Ibotta, two of Denver’s leading mobile applications companies.
“Hack-a-thons are one way Denver is working to promote participation and unlock the potential of the innovative and creative critical mass here,” said Denver’s Chief Performance Officer David Edinger. “Our goal is to increase our citizens’ quality of life through technology.”
Several data sets relating to promotion of urban farming will be highlighted at the hack-a-thon. As part of ongoing efforts to guide people interested in urban farming, the Mayor’s Denver Seeds Food Program, in partnership with the Department of Community Planning and Development (“CPD”), have generated a series of GIS data layers that map the city’s food system framework.
The new data sets are based on city zoning and were created to inform the public where primary activities related to food production, cultivation, processing and distribution are permitted, subject to review and approval by the CPD Department.
Denver’s open data catalog was created in partnership with Open Colorado.