The Municipality of Anchorage has adopted an open data policy, to boost transparency through heightened community access to government information and data.
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz explained, “Open data is really an important way of making sure information that the city collects, is available to everyone who lives here, and anyone who want to use it. It’s about having a transparent and efficient form of government.” Five initial areas will be focused on including housing, public health, public safety, finance and transportation.
The Mayor stated, “We have a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people; people should know what kind of information we are collecting and should be able to use that information to either help make government more efficient, more effective, or to be able to use it and develop private alternatives." Continue...