The Gadget Guy reviews the latest technology for the government and explores related trends and hot topics.
For the citizens to gain thorough and accurate information about the aspects of state and local government that affect their lives, they have to have a place they can go for it. Many states have set up portal sites to lead users to what they want to find out. The Open New York data portal is one of the most extensive and well-organized. Launched in March, the site has links to so-called New York Transparency Sites, mobile apps, application programming interfaces and data sets for developers to use to make their own applications.
And now recently, the governor’s office has added more than 100 new transportation data sets, maps and charts to the site. This new information includes data from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Thruway Authority, Capital District Transit Authority, and the NYS Bridge Authority. Developers could use this data to create apps that could help user find nearby subway stations, learn about construction or incidents on bridges or in tunnels, or even get daily traffic statistics.
“Since the launch of Open.NY.gov, we have made millions of state, local and federal government records available to the public and we will continue to expand this website to open up our government to New Yorkers,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “This information provides a detailed resource that New Yorkers, researchers and businesses can use to study the state’s transportation networks and agencies. This data has great potential to foster greater innovation and efficiency in the transit industry, and I encourage New Yorkers to get involved with their government by exploring Open.NY.gov.”
While only three states (Hawaii, New Hampshire and Utah) have passed laws concerning open data, many states such as New York have taken the initiative and created these portal sites. This trend toward transparency can only be considered a boon for the general populace, as it will mean necessary information getting into citizens’ hands all the quicker.