FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham launched Open Data Framingham this month, which allows residents to view the city’s goals and explore data and information relating to administrative priorities.
Residents, researchers, media, and developers can now explore dashboards on topics ranging from permits and licenses, fire and EMS incidents, payroll earnings, operating expenditures, and revenues as well as other financial information.
Framingham partnered with Socrata, a company that makes existing government data discoverable, usable, and actionable for public servants and the people they serve, to launch the program.
The city has been paying Socrata a contract for almost three years, but just launched the website a week ago. The cost is just about $8,000 a year.
The site is available at https://data.framinghamma.gov/.
Socrata Performance Data Cloud enables governments of all sizes to define and track their goals over time, such as reducing the crime rate or improving bus services, according to the City.
Residents and business owners, in addition to everyone living outside of the community are welcomed to detailed data taken directly from City operations.
Visitors to the website are encouraged to generate their own analyses – create charts, graphs, and maps then save them to their own account. Users are also empowered with the ability to make their own local copy of City data to integrate with data from other sources, according to a media release.
“The launch of this website is consistent with our goals of transparency and commitment to share information with the public in a way that is efficient and effective. I love that Framingham residents are held at the heart of this new site, and I am excited with the anticipation of a boost of community engagement that will continue to build our City.” said Mayor Spicer, in a media release.
“We believe that open data helps government become a 21st century innovation accelerator, not just a service dispensary,” says Kevin Merritt, Founder and CEO of Socrata, in a press release. “This transformation is significant because it improves how citizens and governments interact, increasing collaboration for better quality of life.”
With the launch of this site, the City of Framingham is among the best-in-class digital governments, ensuring that Socrata is outputting information from the City’s other internal data management systems in a way that is understandable and digestible for residents. Site visitors can now explore data related to public safety, code enforcement, and economic development in an interactive, simple format, said the City of Framingham in a press release.
“We are not only opening a door to City operations by providing access to the data from various City management systems, but also giving citizens tools to conduct their own research and analysis. I hope these tools will be used by both citizens and government to help improve services and efficiency.” said Alan Holt, Manager of Database Services; City of Framingham, in a media release.