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Public input sought as Buffalo readies easier access to city data

The city of Buffalo's plan to provide more government data online is now in the public comment phase.

Anyone interested in reviewing and commenting on the city's plan can do so now through Jan. 24 at: https://documents.mymadison.io/docs/city-of-buffalo-open-data-policy.

The Brown Administration is working with the Bloomberg Philanthropies "What Works Cities" initiative to develop what's being called  "Open Data Buffalo."

The idea is to create a live internet portal to some data sets collected by the City of Buffalo. The Brown Administration has not yet decided which data sets will be made available to the public.

The city hopes to launch the effort in July.

Open Data Buffalo is separate from the Open Book initiative City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder began in 2015. Open Book provides online access to city payroll and vendor information as well as revenue and spending data.

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