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Phoenix Approves Update to Improve Open Data PortalPhoenix Approves Update to Improve Open Data Portal<div class="ExternalClass336F40D0368440FF98341C96EA757390"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>Phoenix City Council approved a measure on Wednesday to make the city's vast storage of publicly available data more accessible and useful through improvements to its Open Data Portal.  </p><p>"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>In an ongoing effort to improve the open data portal, Phoenix will begin working with OpenGov, a cloud-based solution that will improve internal data management and make important information easily accessible. OpenGov focuses on making government data accessible and easy to analyze. Through the partnership, the city's open data portal, will improve efficiencies and will make the data available in a variety of industry-standard formats.</p><p>"This improved portal will make the city's data more accessible to the public, which increases transparency, makes our city government more efficient and accountable and supports innovation," said Mayor Stanton. "I encourage third-party developers from all sectors – private, public and nonprofit – to use our freely available data to help create innovative solutions to our challenges and uncover new opportunities to help drive our economy forward."</p><p>Open data helps facilitate government transparency in the digital age through advanced technology and innovation. Phoenix's Information Technology Service Department continuously enhances the city's Open Data Portal which provides open data in areas such as public safety, transportation, finance, energy and sustainability, libraries, parks, and arts and culture.</p><p>"We are excited to be taking the next steps with OpenGov towards improving the customer experience and leveraging our business intelligence investment to create efficiencies in daily operations," said Matt Arvay, Phoenix's Chief Information Officer. </p><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p></div>2/2/2017 7:00:00 AMTamra IngersollGail Piceno602-495-5800