City opens data to create smart phone apps
June 11, 2012
Albuquerque, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry, joined by UNM President Robert G. Frank unveiled exciting new technology for the City of Albuquerque. The new initiative will bring day to day government operations directly onto smartphones everywhere - government in the “palm of your hand.”
The City is always looking for ways to simplify and streamline City services through technology and innovation. The idea behind open data is simple: open up City data to developers and the public to use for research and to create new applications. The City generates many different kinds of data; ABQ Data makes this information easily accessible for public use.
"Now, more than ever, as a City we must understand, uncover, and embrace technology and innovation. These initiatives can help save taxpayer dollars, provide more efficient services, and take Albuquerque to the next level with technology," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "Opening this data up to the community makes sense in terms of continued transparency and the opportunity for innovation. Through this initiative we have the chance to showcase some of the amazing talent we have here at in our City, and to develop some everyday problem solving apps for the public," said Mayor Berry.
The datasets on the ABQdata site include bus schedules, the calendar of City events, building permits, food inspections, volunteer opportunities, City news, the location of the City bike paths, and many more. When the data is obtained, whether through research or through government release, it then can be used as the platform for an app to be developed. For example in the near future, apps could include: public art information and locations, crime data, street cleaning schedules, WiFi hotspots, the location and hours of City facilities, bike trails, 311 requests, and swimming pool information.
Based on the 20 datasets provided today the Mayor kicked off a contest that gives the public the chance to create app in various categories, including transportation, health & safety, volunteerism, cultural services, and public safety. The submission for ideas for apps begins today, at www.cabq.gov/abq-data, and will be open until mid-July.
The app development contest itself will begin mid-August and will be open to any interested City resident, not employed by the City of Albuquerque. The $30,000 award money will be divided among the best apps developed using City data sets. Winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges from some of the City’s most innovative organizations, for more information see www.cabq.gov/abq-data.