This Open Data Portal is just one tool for helping people get and use data. Publishing the raw, granular data is often just the first step in a larger project. Here is an overview of some of the other things the City’s Data & Analytics team can do to increase transparency and improve operations with data.
A resident or City employee might have a question about the City that can be answered with data but not the time to download and analyze a large dataset. We can take popular data and turn it into information displayed in a data story or a stand-alone web app.
The data on the portal is updated automatically on a schedule, thanks to a system we built to extract data from City sources and transform it for publication. We can use this same system to generate emails alerting you when the data is updated.
Our analytics services help City departments answer questions or solve problems with data. So far, we’ve partnered with City Treasurer, Risk Management, Transportation and Stormwater, DSD, and Get It Done.
Some examples of the work we’ve done:
City governments around the world look to our Data & Analytics program for guidance on what a successful open data program looks like, how they can automate data updates, and how open source tools can decrease program costs. Our team has presented on a range of topics, including smart cities, open data, data science in government, and civic tech, among others.
A few of our recent speaking engagements include:
We have also spent time in the classroom at UCSD and teaching workshops for groups such as Open San Diego, a Code for America brigade meetup.