Open Data Portal Beta Encourages Visitors to 'Analyze Boston'

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/07/2017 - 1:10am

Boston has launched a beta version of a new citywide open data platform.

This project, dubbed Analyze Boston, is a work in progress, and city officials said in a statement that they hope the now-online preview will “spark conversation and get feedback” leading up to its official release this spring. The project's goal is to upgrade and enhance Boston’s current open data portal, on which Mayor Marty Walsh has long encouraged agencies to publish their data sets.

On the new site, visitors can now search through all of Boston’s open data sets, interacting with that data through preview, filter and visualization tools. Developers can also integrate those same data sets with robust API, or create charts and graphs that can then be embedded on external websites.

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