City of Austin Open Data Portal

Open data is coming to Austin City government, and the City is seeking input from the community to identify datasets of interest and to help prioritize them for release in December. The City is eager to join cities like Philadelphia, the District of Columbia and Boston, to provide data that increases transparency, promotes operational efficiency and encourages public participation. Whether you are a resident, a researcher or software application developer, it is important that the City knows what data you need to stay informed and involved in your City government.

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  1. Contract Management: Professional Services Agreements Executed

    Quarterly list of professional services agreements executed between selected firms and CMD

    11 votes
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    • Office of the City Clerk: Election History

      Datase of candidates and voting statistics for the City's elections from 1840 to present

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        1 comment  ·  Admin →
      • 11 votes
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        • Watershed Protection: Sampling Data

          Contains sampling information for various environmental features in the Austin area including rain water, fish/salamander counts, sediments, soils, etc.  Currently hosted in an Oracle database that is accessible on the Internet using a Cold Fusion query front end.

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          • Geocode the heck out of everything

            Maybe that's obvious, but just to be sure. We need to be able to connect to census block data for demographics, but also to be able to compile or slice the same data by neighborhood boundaries. In addition, many city departments have their own district or subregion offices, each with their own set of boundaries. There should be data to look at all those combinations of overlaps to understand how services and costs interrelate.

            Thanks

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            • Breakdown of PARD expenditures per Rec Center and support for private youth sports groups

              What are the expenses/revenues for each Recreation Center for which PARD budgets? What PARD $ go to various youth sports groups to pay for utilities, etc.?

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              • Planning and Development Review: Land Development Subdivisions

                The subdivision of land is required when a property owner within either the City limits or extra territorial jurisdiction divides a tract of land into two or more parts for the purpose of sale, development, or extension of utilities to the property to be subdivided. Additional types of subdivisions include combining legal lots and/or portions of lots into new lots by resubdivision, or adjusting lot lines between existing legal lots by amended plat.

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                • 9 votes
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                  • Public Safety: Emergency Medical Services Incident Counts

                    The number of incidents to which ATCEMS units respond in a given time period.

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                    • Austin Energy Green Building Certifications

                      Spatial data about details about green building certifications beyond limited number of case studies.

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                      • 8 votes
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                        • variances

                          Especially during times of water rationing, it would be helpful to see who has been granted a variance (and why) allowing for exemption to the City's watering restrictions. Right now this info is apparently only available by FOIA request.

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                          • Financial Services: Departmental Performance Measures

                            Flat file of the Departmental performance measure information currently available through the Budget Office ePerf application in Austin Finance Online.

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                            • Austin Energy: Solar Rebates

                              Austin Energy total dollars spent on Solar Rebate Program annually and number of residential and commercial participants.

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                              • Board and Commission Appointments

                                In regards to City Council appointments to City Boards and Commissions - the names and qualifications of appointees should be available in the Council Agendas making such appointments.

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                                • 7 votes
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                                  • 7 votes
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                                    • 7 votes
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                                        • Austin Resource Recovery: Dead Animals

                                          Tons of Dead Animals Collected from City of Austin rights-of-way and the animal shelter, YTD

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