Syracuse, NY City Hall wants to make it easier for people to look at its data

City Hall wants people to have easier access to things like code violations, pothole locations and other information they're seeking.

Syracuse's innovation office is crafting an open data policy for sharing all sorts of stats on the operation of city government.

Under the new policy, the city would release information on things like outstanding code violations, location of potholes and other data routinely sought by residents. It will also provide analysis of that data and show trends where available.

Currently, access to most of the city's cache of information requires a Freedom of Information request, which goes through the city law department and can take months to process.