Boston Delivers “Cutting-Edge" Next Generation Open Data Portal with OpenGov
POPULATION: 673,000 | AGENCY TYPE: City | ANNUAL BUDGET: $3.2 Billion
The City of Boston replaced its old off-the-shelf open data platform with OpenGov’s, cutting-edge, next generation open data solution.
For the portal’s redevelopment, Boston chose OpenGov’s CKAN-powered open data solution. CKAN’s open source community is comprised of developers – including OpenGov engineers – from across the globe who are always building and improving open data technology infrastructure. OpenGov’s usability-centered open data solution leverages CKAN’s infrastructure, making data easier to upload, maintain, and use.
Furthermore, OpenGov’s next generation open data solution offered the customization and mobile-friendliness the City sought, and Therriault appreciated the platform’s flexibility. Unlike off-the-shelf open data solutions, OpenGov’s tailored, but scalable, approach eliminated constraints and allowed for modification and innovation.
New Functionality Provides Insights, Real-time Access to Data
Analyze Boston represents the next generation of open data, highlighting what cities can do to make their important information useful, useable, and used by stakeholders. As the Sunlight Foundation’s open data project lead said, the Analyze Boston open data portal “is on the cutting-edge of what we're seeing cities do.” Once launched, the platform demonstrated key components of next generation open data portals, including functionality, showcases, fresh data updates, and support resources.
“[Analyze Boston] is on the cutting-edge of what we're seeing cities do.”
Stephen Larrick, Open Data Project Lead, Sunlight Foundation
An easy-to-use landing page is key to the portal’s functionality. It emphasizes usability and features relevant resources, including data sets listed by topic. Its search functionality is upfront and benefits from clear navigation. Citizens have access to a complete listing of the more than 100 datasets available. Clear instructions and tips are available, and they make accessing and interacting with the data easy for users of all backgrounds. “We want the average resident to be able to come and use it,” Therriault said.