Md.: Open data portal encourages residents to analyze their government

Data from the Prince George’s County government became easier to access this week after the county relaunched a website that gives the public the power to probe, download and search data sets about everything from building permits to crime.

The county rolled out a major upgrade of Data Prince George’s, an open-source website, during a conference at the Gaylord National Resort sponsored by the tech company Socrata, which created the software that allows users to visualize and filter public data on the websites of Prince George’s County and other local governments.