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Digital enhancements promote transparency, accountability

Posted Dec. 6, 2016

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New troves of data are being made available to the public, allowing residents, developers, business owners and neighborhood leaders unprecedented access to Fort Worth’s municipal data.

New partnerships will share data between the City of Fort Worth and:

  • The National Weather Service. Real-time stormwater levels will support NWS hydrologic models and alert the public to potential flooding hazards.
  • Yelp. Fort Worth is the largest city in Texas to share its consumer health inspection scores to be included in online restaurant reviews.
  • WAZE navigation app. Fort Worth is the first city in Texas and one of only 100 worldwide to share two-way, real-time traffic data to improve mobility in our city.

Further, Fort Worth news and job openings are now available to Amazon Echo subscribers. You may have seen commercials for Amazon Echo. Once subscribed, simply say: “Alexa, what’s in the news?” Alexa will then read the most recent City News articles aloud.

These enhancements are in addition to OneAddress, a year-old City of Fort Worth program that aims to make government data freely and publicly available for anyone to use. The open data program aims to increase transparency and accountability; boost resident engagement; and spur economic development.

In addition, Fort Worth has been selected as one of 16 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, an effort to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Fort Worth will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to address local issues.

“The idea behind all of these efforts to improve transparency is that data generated by the government should be available to the people it governs, to the greatest extent possible,” said Chief Technology Officer Kevin Gunn. “This information should be available in an online format that permits access and analysis, while promoting transparency and accountability.”

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