One of the City-Parish’s top priorities is a focus on transparency in government to spur greater performance, data-driven decision making, and citizen engagement. This priority is advanced in several distinct ways, powered by a robust open data program in Open Data BR that has received national acclaim for the manner in which a mid-sized community has approached the concept of open data and how it can be utilized to drive more efficient, effective, and transparency service delivery to residents. Over the past few years, Baton Rouge has occupied a Top 10 ranking within the U.S. Open Data Census alongside cities such as Las Vegas, Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, and more, recognizing these advancements and our growing inventory of publicly available datasets.

2021 Open Data Policy Report logoSince the platform’s launch in 2015 and as of early 2018, Open Data BR has expanded to feature 29 high-value datasets with more than 15.7 million total rows of data and dozens of other filtered views, charts, and datasets. The presence of Open Data BR has been further augmented by the development of companion web applications such as Open Neighborhood BR, a first-of-its-kind web application that helps residents easily understand activities taking place on their block or in their neighborhood, ranging from crime and fire incidents to building permit activity and 311 service-related issues. Externally, key users have leveraged these data to track and analyze land development activities, develop crime-related applications for public download and use, and develop maps outlining criminal activity within organized crime prevention districts.

  1. City-Parish Receives National Award for Using Public Communication to Inspire Change and Build Trust

    The Department of Information Services has been recognized for creating Citizen Data Academy: On Demand, a video series that helps users navigate Open Data BR web tools and resources. Read on...
  2. 2021 Data Added to EBRP Tax Roll Dataset

    The 2021 tax roll dataset has an additional field that denotes properties with a tax freeze — an improvement that was initiated by a citizen's request. Read on...
  3. Center for Digital Government Names Baton Rouge a Top 10 Digital City for the 7th Consecutive Year

    Baton Rouge ranks seventh among cities of its size for initiatives such as cybersecurity defenses, the stormwater master plan, the Open Budget BR platform, and coordinating COVID-19 resources. Read on...
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