Niagara Gazette

March 14, 2013

Falls signs on to Cuomo's effort to spread info

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The city of Niagara Falls has agreed to participate in a new data sharing initiative spearheaded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. 

The city, along with 63 other municipalities across New York, have signed up to provide information through open.ny.gov, a new data transparency website launched as part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government. 

As of Friday, Cuomo's office said 69 localities have agreed to share data using the site. By agreeing to be participants, Niagara Falls and other users will provide information on economic development, recreation, health and public services in a format that can be downloaded, indexed, and searched by commonly used web search applications.

“With the launch of open.ny.gov, New York state has taken another step toward greater transparency in government,” Cuomo said in a release issed by his office on Thursday. “In addition to reducing costs and housing data for localities, this website helps connect government on all levels with the people it serves. I’m pleased to announce 64 additional local governments have pledged to participate in open.ny.gov, and I encourage others to join us in making government more accessible to all New Yorkers.”

According to the release, open.ny.gov has been offered as a resource to localities across the state, which will give citizens unified access to government data and help local governments cut down costs and improve efficiency in addition to increasing transparency. Cuomo believes the site can help local governments by fostering research, promoting informed decision-making, and enhancing collaboration based on public data. The state will provide assistance to all localities that choose to use the service.

The state Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) is now working with the 64 new partner localities to post their data at open.ny.gov. New data will be available on a rolling basis.