Colorado: Fort Collins opening data to increase community transparency

During City Council’s priority-setting retreat this spring, it asked staff to develop an open data program. Our chief information officer, Dan Coldiron, jumped at the chance and is developing a new initiative in Fort Collins called “OpenCity.”

The city of Fort Collins values transparency and community engagement. The organization demonstrated those values in 2009 with a fairly bold move, making our expense records available online through our Open Book application. We weren’t sure what to expect, because it was sort of like opening your checkbook up to all of your friends and neighbors.  Continue>>>