The city of Anchorage on Wednesday launched a new website aimed at making important data more accessible to residents, businesses and public officials.
So far the site includes data on crime, homelessness and property appraisal as well as inspection results for restaurants and childcare facilities. Brendan Babb, the city’s Chief Innovation Officer, says the project is still a work in progress and will likely have new features added in the future.
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.