Honolulu Opens Data to Developers

The process that started in earnest with CityCamp and Hackathon and picked up momentum with the Code For America fellows has hit a key milestone as Honolulu’s opened up much of its data to the developer community through a new site — data.honolulu.gov.

A lot of it is data that was available on the city’s Can-Do site, but now there are some APIs (application programming interfaces, for the uninitiated) wrapped around it to make it friendlier to play with. On Monday, Information Technology Deputy Director Forest Frizzell walked me through some examples of what folks will be able to do with the new site.

There’s a donut visualization of how the city has allocated and spent its money according to budget data, and a heat map to see where Honolulu 311 submissions are coming from.

There’s already an adopt-a-siren app where citizens can report problems with the emergency warning system. There’s a variety of user-friendly maps at the city’s GIS site. There’s even a parkfinder program to look at hundreds of public recreation spaces on Oahu.

Pretty cool.

The city’s holding a training session on the new data.honolulu.gov site next week at the Box Jelly.

Read Civil Beat's previous coverage of the city's tech efforts:

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