Since OpenBaltimore launched in January, 311 data has not been updated. Crime received a one-time data update in Februrary. Why haven't these data sets been updated? Better yet, when will continuous updates be provided?
It is difficult for developers to build on this data if it is not updated in a timely and continuous fashion.
I understand from some at the City are working toward integrating systems such that updates to the OpenBaltimore site will happen more or less automatically as the origin systems are updated. What is the status report on this progress?
An open data site is only as useful as the data within. There is an opportunity for Baltimore to lead with respect to open government data. In fact, the new mayor-elect of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, cited OpenBaltimore when he spoke at Microsoft today to announce greater data openness in that city. Baltimore should lead by moving quickly to publish data sets and remove barriers for new ones to be provided on the site.
Thanks for writing. The truth is that we've had a few setbacks with our process to get real-time data flowing into the site but remain dedicated to the task. The data site is still technically in a BETA phase right now but we don't want that to discourage use and innovation. I will look into the possibility of getting another manual update done soon but I know your concern is more about continuity and be assured we want it just as bad.
I appreciate the prompt reply, Michael. I can sympathize with the challenges involved. If there is anything the community can do to assist and speed the process along, let us know.
One thing that might be helpful is if we had a sense of a timeline, or a set of goals for the system. Are the milestones on the timeline being met? Are the goals being achieved? Some insight into the thinking here would go a long way. Otherwise it feels like just waiting until something useful is tossed over the transom.