BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new digital resource for area residents, called Open Neighborhood BR, is now live, says Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome.
The platform, located at my.brla.gov, is designed to provide residents with current, map-based information on recent incidents involving city-parish agencies, including police, fire, and traffic incidents, and 311 requests for service and building permits.
"One of the most important resources our local government can provide to the residents we serve is information. With Open Neighborhood BR, we're taking the next step by leveraging public datasets, technology, and innovation to help Baton Rouge residents understand what's going on in their own neighborhoods, and use that information to work with us to create a better quality-of-life for our entire community," said Broome.
The platform is a first of its kind resource for residents, using public datasets through the Open Data BR portal, along with geographic information systems (GIS) map layers, to provide insights into neighborhood-level activity with searchable map views and custom date ranges. Searches can also be filtered by neighborhood, ZIP code, or metro council district. Residents can create a free account, allowing them to save searches and opt in to receive daily, weekly, or monthly email updates about new incidents or activity in their saved search area.
The launch of Open Neighborhood BR coincides with International Open Data Day, held annually on March 4. This day is a celebration of open data, focused on demonstrating the benefits of open data and encourages the adoption of open data policies in government, business, and society. The platform is part of an effort and partnership between the city-parish and Socrata, a leading provider of data platforms and cloud applications for government organizations. The idea is to make Baton Rouge the first municipality to use this neighborhood-based connection platform.
"While Open Data BR has been extremely successful in moving data into the public domain, helping Baton Rouge achieve a Top 10 ranking for the past two years through the U.S. Open Data Census, we've always recognized that we would need to take the next step from simply publishing our data to making it meaningful for our residents and community. Open Neighborhood BR is a perfect next step as we continue to think innovatively about using technology to make more informed decisions, deliver better services, and meet the needs of all our residents," said Eric Romero, director of information services.
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