Open Data Portal provides online access to records and information

Dallas – The City of Dallas has launched a new data sharing initiative that provides easy online access to records and information about City business and operations. The Open Data Portal is part of the City’s commitment to transparent government and civic engagement.

“Although this portal will benefit the entire city, I am most excited about its potential impact in southern Dallas,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “This is an important strategic tool that we can utilize in our efforts to strengthen neighborhoods and promote a culture of clean as our city grows south.”

The City expects to generate public enthusiasm for the portal next year by promoting App Challenges; a program encouraging residents to create new web and mobile applications. City officials say the possibilities are only limited by the creative thinking of participants.

“We believe this initiative will help expand the public’s understanding of local government by making City data more accessible to the community,” said Interim City Manager A.C. Gonzalez. “This tool will expand our ability to tap into the creativity, knowledge and expertise within our community and help strengthen the partnership we have in addressing challenges and expanding opportunities.”

The online portal at will continue to expand and evolve, according to Chief Information Officer Bill Finch, as the City responds to public requests. Internally, the City will also continue to develop new data sets for the portal.

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