Home > News

Digital enhancements promote transparency, accountability

Posted Dec. 6, 2016

Archived Content Information and links provided may no longer be accurate.

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.”

Get articles like this in your inbox weekly. Subscribe to City News

City News

Calendar

What's In Your Subcontract?: 1:30 p.m. April 25, 2017; DFW International Airport, Administrative Headquarters, 2400 Aviation Drive.

Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. April 25, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Como Math & Science Night: 5:30 p.m. April 25, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. April 25, 2017; CIty Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Metropolitan Area EMS Authority D/B/A Medstar Mobile Healthcare: 10 a.m. April 26, 2017; Medstar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Dr.
View the agenda »

City Plan Commission - Work Session : noon April 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

City Plan Commission - Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. April 26, 2017; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Park and Recreation Advisory /board: 4 p.m. April 26, 2017; Rockwood Park Golf Course Ben Hogan Learning Center, 1851 Jacksboro Highway.
View the agenda »

Rolling & Walking Town Hall: 6 p.m. April 26, 2017; Buck Sansom Park, 3600 Sansom Park Drive.
Register for this event »

Bluebonnet Circle Infrastructure Improvements Meeting: 6:30 p.m. April 26, 2017; Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive South.

Housing Channel Financial Literacy Class (Credit & Budgeting): 10 a.m. April 27, 2017; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. April 27, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Affordability Inc. Special Meeting: 4 p.m. April 27, 2017; Fort Worth Housing Solutions Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Housing Solutions Special Meeting: 4 p.m. April 27, 2017; Fort Worth Housing Solutions Administrative Offices, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
View the agenda »

Como Reading Night: 5:30 p.m. April 27, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission: 6 p.m. April 27, 2017; Tarrant Regional Water District, Conference Room, 800 East Northside Drive.
View the agenda »

City of Fort Worth Art Commission : 6:30 p.m. April 27, 2017; Tandy Lecture Hall, Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W 3rd Street.
View the agenda »

Minority and Woman Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. April 28, 2017; PharmaFab Conference Room #116, James E. Guinn Building, 1st Floor, 1150 South Freeway.
View the agenda »

Residential Board of Adjustment - Work Session: 1:15 p.m. April 28, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Residential Board of Adjustment - Public Hearing: 2 p.m. April 28, 2017; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Kickback: 7 p.m. April 28, 2017; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. April 29, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

MLK Community Center Senior Prom: 3 p.m. April 29, 2017; Tarrant County College, South Campus Gymnasium, 5301 Campus Drive.

View the full city calendar.