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.
New Dataset Details WiFi Usage at EBRP LibrariesThe Data, Analytics and Performance team has compiled a new dataset of statistics for the library system’s monthly WiFi usage. The EBRP Library WiFi Usage Stats dataset includes numbers for all 14 parish library branches starting with January 2023. Read on...
View the Open Data Day 2023 WebinarLearn how data drives services such as public safety, blight mitigation and community outreach. Presented by BRPD Chief Murphy Paul; Lyndsay Hudson, Department of Development; Eric Romero, Warren Kron and Michael Stein, Information Services Department. Watch Open Data Day Workshop
Open Data Day 2023 Virtual EventCity-Parish leaders will discuss how open data is used to implement solutions to civic challenges in a free webinar, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Read on...