Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sharing a data dashboard

When you are the City of New York, sharing data -- a good thing -- inevitably means that someone will criticize you. The city shares its performance data through something called the Citywide Performance Rating; it's available here. It's a successor to the old Mayor's Management Reports and collects and reports on city agency performance in eight major areas (called "Themes" on the city's website): Citywide Administration, Community Services, Economic Development and Business Affairs, Education, Infrastructure, Legal Affairs, Public Safety, and Social Services. The data are updated monthly.

Here's a screenshot of the Citywide Performance Data main page:


In future posts I'll look at each area in more detail. For the moment, here's a link to an unusually thoughtful article in the NY Times about using data - and, perhaps just as much, about the vicissitudes of making one's data dashboard public.

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