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Other Open Data Projects

Here are some examples of other initiatives, projects and apps that are inspiring the Milwaukee Data Initiative.


Montreal Ouvert – Montreal, Canada

We are a citizen initiative that promotes open access to civic information for the region of Montreal. We believe open access to civic information and data increases civic engagement, makes services more accessible, and creates opportunities for innovation.

Note: The Montreal City government overtook this project, adopted an open data policy, runs promotions for hackathons and app development, and better informs and empowers its citizenry to get engaged.

Open Data Philly – Philadelphia, PA, USA

OpenDataPhilly is a portal that provides access to over 175 data sets, applications, and APIs related to the Philadelphia region. Built by Azavea, a Philadelphia-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software firm, it is now operated by the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization. OpenDataPhilly is based on the idea that providing free and easy access to data information encourages better and more transparent government and a more engaged and knowledgeable citizenry.

Note: This initiative was started by a local Philly GIS company. It garnered enough public support to be presented to the Mayor of Philadelphia, who has since instituted an open data policy at the City level.

Data Driven Detroit – Detroit, MI, USA

D3 incorporates features of “neighborhood data systems” that have been created in a variety of cities across the country. Such systems have been recognized and championed by the Urban Institute, which created the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) in 1995. NNIP partner communities incorporate a number of different models of data access and analysis. While their structures, staff, and delivery mechanisms may differ, they share a set of principles that D3 supports.

NYC Open Data – New York, NY, USA

NYC Open Data makes the wealth of public data generated by various New York City agencies and other City organizations available for public use. As part of an initiative to improve the accessibility, transparency, and accountability of City government, this catalog offers access to a repository of government-produced, machine-readable data sets.

Civic Apps – Portland, OR, USA

The site aims to encourage every citizen to be an active participant by putting the data in their hands. The site was developed to source, profile, and accelerate innovative ideas using Web and mobile technologies. The aim is social change. The path is regional collaboration. The focus is local.

HackingMadison – Madison, WI, USA

We are a community of citizen hackers. We want to do cool things with the data that the City of Madison is already generating and releasing into the public domain, but first we need to make that data accessible to programmers like us. This is the essence of the Open Government Data initiative. HackingMadison is an effort to unify several existing projects, and to coordinate collaboration on a national level with other like-minded citizens who have the same goals for their own communities.

Chicago Digital – Chicago, IL, USA

Data belongs to the people. By making it accessible, the City is laying down the digital infrastructure for innovative civic applications. We’re thrilled to see Chicago’s booming tech communities unleash the potential of open data by building applications that empower fellow residents. Check out the apps below, created using the City’s Open Data Portal. These applications were not developed by the City and the City makes no representations as to the accuracy of the information provided by this these applications. To submit an application for consideration on this page, please email at developers(at)cityofchicago(dot)org.