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Get ready to see Phoenix differently, 28 Maps LaterGet ready to see Phoenix differently, 28 Maps Later<div class="ExternalClass2542F9FBB4934C9A86D4706EEADC6F31"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p style="text-align:justify;">The city of Phoenix is excited to launch "28 Maps Later", a social media campaign which will introduce residents to an innovative new mapping tool. Want to see where city dog parks and swimming pools are? Have you wondered which police precinct or council district you live in? The new mapping portal tool, created by the city's Geographic Information System (GIS) team, provides a new way to visualize this important information.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We created Phoenix's Open Data policy to increase government transparency and encourage residents to find interesting and innovative ways to put that data to use," said Mayor Greg Stanton.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The city of Phoenix believes in transparency through open data, encouraging residents to learn more about their city by visiting Phoenix.gov/OpenData. Throughout February, the "28 Maps Later" campaign will feature a different open data map each day on the City of Phoenix social media pages as well as through <em>#28MapsLater</em>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This city has invested in GIS tools for staff to provide public services, which can now be leveraged by residents themselves to discover information that is most useful to them," explained Debbie Cotton, Phoenix's Chief Information Officer. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Open data helps facilitate government transparency in the digital age through advanced technology and innovation. Aside from the mobile-friendly and easy-to-use Mapping Portal Tool, users can also review and download all kinds of useful information, including crime data, what the city is buying, how much it pays employees, and much more. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Giving the world open access to data on city services and operations can unleash the creativity and invention of our growing technology sector for new solutions to our city's challenges," said Councilman Bill Gates, chair of the City Council's Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Subcommittee.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Phoenix will continue to update data sets and the Mapping Portal Tool with additional information on a regular basis at Phoenix.gov/OpenData.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1278769/4062785/17035/3/" style="text-decoration:underline;line-height:20.8px;">Download a complete list</a><span style="line-height:20.8px;"> of the scheduled content being shared through "28 Maps Later" and get ready to see Phoenix differently!</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">​</span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div>2/1/2016 7:00:00 AMTamra IngersollGail Piceno602-495-5800