Burlington moves up to ninth in Open Cities Index for 2020 study

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The City of Burlington’s efforts to share information with its residents isn’t going unnoticed.

North America’s Most Open Cities Index for 2020, published by Public Sector Digest (PSD), ranked the City ninth of 41 organizations and municipalities participating in the latest study.

Launched in 2015 by PSD, the Index provides a way of local governments to measure the maturity and performance of their open data programs and offers how they can improve.

Burlington moved five spots from last year’s rankings.

“The City of Burlington is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in government,” Burlington Mayor Marianne Weed said of the study that is a yardstick for municipal open data initiatives across the country and has since expanded to include organizations from across North America.

“The Open Cities Index gives us the opportunity to measure how our data services rank amongst our peers and shows us where we can build and grow our open data programs to ensure it can be accessed and used effectively by the community and open data enthusiasts.”

Burlington was among 18 cities and municipalities ranked represented in the Top 20 of the Open Cities Index, which measures the readiness, implementation and impact of the participating cities’ open data initiatives.

This year’s study included a newly added dataset category on how municipalities have adapted to share COVID-19 related data with the community and outside organizations.

“We are very proud to be recognized for our efforts to share information with Burlington residents through open data,” said Andrew Maas, Manager of Asset Planning for the City of Burlington.

“Through its online portal, Navigate Burlington, the City provides access to over 63 open data sets and over 100 assets including maps and charts, and we continue to grow our online data catalogue.”

Readable by software and computers, Open data is raw data that is available for free to individuals, businesses or anyone interested in research and analysis.

For the City’s online data platform, go to navburl-burlington.opendata.arcgis.come/search?tags=administrative.

 

 

 

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