Transparency

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.

Since 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. Hear from Experts at GIS Day on Wednesday at Main Library

    Organizations represented include the state Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, the Environmental Science Research Institute, and LIGO, the Livingston Parish observatory that was awarded a 2017 Nobel in physics for its discoveries related to black holes. Read on...
  2. Nov. 6 Election Data Available in Map App

    Our interactive, color-coded map is useful for analyzing EBR voting patterns in elections dating back to 2012. Search precincts by address and view vote-number breakdowns; compare how adjacent precincts voted on specific candidates and other ballot items. Read on...
  3. Road Closures Dataset is Newest Resource in Open Data Portal

    All EBR road closures 2015-2018 are compiled in the dataset. Users can filter the data by streets, time frames, and closure types to create visualizations such as maps or pie charts; create an account to save the graphics. Read on...
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