Partnership Announced As Part of National Sunshine Week; Phoenix’s New Platform To Help Public and City Officials Better Understand Trends, Make Informed Decisions, Build Trust
REDWOOD CITY, Calif – March 16, 2017– OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, announced today that it has partnered with the City of Phoenix, Arizona to bring both city officials and citizens a new open data platform powered by OpenGov Open Data™ .
The new open source platform will improve both internal and public access to key information, such as public safety and transportation data. Access to this rich, meaningful information empowers internal stakeholders to undertake better analysis, spurs innovation among private sector and nonprofit technology developers who are building critical solutions, and facilitates civic engagement. The partnership was announced as part of Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of access to public information and open government. The new open data platform is expected to go live later this year.
“OpenGov is helping make City of Phoenix data more accessible to the public, which makes our city government more transparent, efficient and accountable while spurring innovation,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “When the general public and third-party developers can easily and freely use our data, it helps create innovative solutions to our challenges and new opportunities to help drive our economy forward.”
Phoenix, the nation’s sixth largest city and with a population of more than 1.5 million, joins a growing number of government agencies nationwide that rely on OpenGov’s next generation platform to enhance their open data efforts, including Maricopa County, which encompasses the city. In the past month, the City of Boston launched its beta platform “Analyze Boston” and the California National Resource Association announced plans for its own open data portal. OpenGov Open Data is designed to deliver greater collaboration, transparency, and innovation to governance, and it works for governments and agencies of all types and sizes.
“Phoenix has embraced the power of technology to better serve residents with a new easy-to-use open data platform,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Powered by OpenGov’s Open Data solution, the platform will empower Phoenix’s residents and elected officials to analyze trends, make informed decisions, and build trust.”
The new platform will allow anyone to search Phoenix’s open datasets and interact with that data through preview, filter, and visualization tools. Developers will be able to access and integrate datasets using robust APIs, and the platform allows city officials and the general public to create charts and graphs online and embed the visualizations on other websites.
“We are looking forward to working with OpenGov towards leveraging our vast amount of data to create efficiencies in daily operations and to improving the Customer Experience,” said Matt Arvay, Phoenix’s Chief Information Officer.
OpenGov Open Data is a hosted CKAN solution. CKAN is the open source standard that the U.S. federal government, the European Union, and hundreds of other agencies around the world use for open data. OpenGov Open Data allows governments to create portals for citizen engagement and connect budget and performance data with census data, FBI crime data, and financial data from over 3,000 counties and 36,000 cities.
OpenGov is the leader in government performance solutions: easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved reporting and operational intelligence, and comprehensive transparency and open data. OpenGov solutions give governments the right tools and relevant data for more informed decision-making and better outcomes for the public.
Over 1,400 public agencies in 48 states use OpenGov software. Founded in 2012, OpenGov customers include the State Treasurer of Ohio, the city of Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by top investors Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital and has headquarters in Redwood City, CA.