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Welcome to the Open Data Buffalo News Feed, your source to keep you up-to-date on all things Open Data Buffalo! Wondering if a new dataset has been released? Has a new initiative been launched by Open Data Buffalo? Has a community project been showcased? Has a new visualization, data lens, or dashboard been created to provide insight into the City's data? You'll find all the answers to these questions and more here so stay tuned and check back often!

October 31st, 2018:
The City of Buffalo's City Website Analytics are now available as an automated dataset on the portal. Web analytics are one of the most useful datasets for understanding direct interaction between local governments and citizens. This data can allow cities to make better decisions about web development priorities based on citizen needs. In the hands of Buffalo's data-savvy community, web analytics can be used to advocate for better accessibility for all residents and to demonstrate challenges that both the city and the civic technology community should address.

October 9th, 2018:
The City of Buffalo is proud to announce Data 101! The City believes communities are stronger when residents are empowered through the use of data.
To help residents develop the skills to be data-smart, Data 101 is a course geared to teach people about data, the open data movement, data visualization, data analysis, and Open Data Buffalo!
For details on how you can apply, participate in shaping the curriculum, and support the initiative, head over to the splash page here.

August 16th, 2018:

August 2nd, 2018:
Dive into the Code Violations dataset with our new CitiStat Buffalo: Code Violations dashboard.
Explore violations issued against conditions on properties verified to violate the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and City ordinances with interactive maps, charts, and graphs.

July 11th, 2018:
Open Data Buffalo's Neighborhood Profile is live! The Neighborhood Profile is your gateway to data, maps, and other resources describing Buffalo's 35 planning neighborhoods. 
Explore population, social, economic, and housing data at the neighborhood level by checking out the Population ProfileSocial ProfileEconomic Profile, and Housing Profile.  To see a report of your neighborhood in context, check out the Neighborhood Profile Data Lens and view how your neighborhood compares to other neighborhoods or export data specific to your local community.

June 29th, 2018:
The Code Violations  dataset has been uploaded to the portal.
The Department of Permit & Inspection Services (DPIS) issues violations against conditions on properties that have been verified to violate the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and City ordinances.
The map to the right shows violations issued in May 2018 by status. Zoom in to see where violations occurred and if the City has gained compliance.
June 25th, 2018:
The Monthly Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program Statistics dataset has been updated with May 2018 information.

June 18th, 2018:
The Neighborhoods geospatial data is now downloadable in the following file formats: KMLKMZShapefileGeoJSONCSV, and JSON
Check out the map to layer various datasets available on the portal over Buffalo's 35 different neighborhoods.

June 7th, 2018:
Open Data Buffalo attended the first Upstate Data Summit held at Syracuse University on June 6th. The one-day event brought together municipal government officials, non-profits, academics and vendors from across Upstate New York to showcase innovative uses of government data and technology.
Kirk McLean, Director of Open Data for the City of Buffalo,  discussed how the Open Data Buffalo team built the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge which encouraged the community to develop applications that leverage open city data. Director McLean also participated in a panel discussion and Q&A session.

June 7th, 2018:
The Local Historic Districts geospatial data is now downloadable in the following geographic file formats: KMLKMZShapefileGeoJSN, CSV, and JSON
A local historic district is defined as "a geographically definable area ... which possesses a significant concentration, linkage or continuity of sites, buildings, structures or objects united historically by past events or united aesthetically by plan or development" in Chapter 337-2 of the City of Buffalo Charter and is designated as such by the Buffalo Common Council

May 25th, 2018:
Head over to this new dashboard to learn more about the City of Buffalo in context with data from New York State's open data portal, OpenNY
With Open Data Buffalo's strategic decision to federate with the state portal, all New York State open datasets can be discovered through our Data Catalog.

May 22nd, 2018:
The Monthly Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program Statistics dataset has been updated with April 2018 information.

May 14th, 2018:
The Neighborhood Curbside Recycling Rates and Monthly Recycling and Waste Collection Statistics  datasets have been updated with April 2018 information.

May 9th, 2018:
Our prize winners have been announced!
We were incredibly impressed by the creativity, sophistication, and innovation shown in our first Mayor Byron W. Brown's Civic Innovation Challenge Powered by AT&T
Congratulations to the Innovation Challenge winners!
$5,000 Grand Prize: Good Neighbor, developed by Clark Dever and Jordan Walbesser
$2,000 2nd Place: Buffalo Recycle-A-Bowl, developed by Christopher McDermott
$1,000 3rd Place: Fire Hydrant Distance Check, developed by Wesley Csendom
Check out the official press releasenews coverage, and our Community Showcase to learn more about the winning apps. 
Stay tuned for future Open Data Buffalo civic engagement opportunities!

May 4th, 2018:
Do you need help navigating our Open Data Buffalo portal?
We've published a Frequently Asked Questions page to offer some answers and tips for using the portal!

May 1st, 2018:
Head over to this new dashboard to view data stories for each of Buffalo's nine Common Council Districts with filtered visualizations, graphs, and charts.

April 25th, 2018:
The City of Buffalo Public Art Inventory dataset has been uploaded to the portal.
Explore the data by checking out the new CitiStat Buffalo: Buffalo Arts Commission dashboard to view and filter interactive charts, maps, and graphs.

April 25th, 2018:
The Open Data Buffalo Community Showcase is live! Check out what the local civic tech community is building with open data and gain inspiration for projects of your own.
Have you built something awesome with Buffalo's open data? Email us at opendatabuffalo@city-buffalo.com and share what you've spun up to get the recognition you deserve.

April 16th, 2018:
The Monthly Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program Statistics dataset has been updated with March 2018 information.

April 11th, 2018:
The Neighborhood Curbside Recycling Rates and Monthly Recycling and Waste Collection Statistics  datasets have been updated with March 2018 information.

April 6, 2018:
The Buffalo Police Department Camera Locations datasets now has an Installation Date field.
Click on any of the points on the map to the right to see the new data!

April 4, 2018:
This free event will be an opportunity to hear from the City of Buffalo about our open data resources and exchange ideas with your peers in the local civic tech community. 

March 28, 2018:
The Parks geospatial data is now downloadable in the following geographic file formats: KML, KMZ, Shapefile, and GeoJSON
If you notice any instance where geographic information isn't performing as expected, please add a comment to the dataset by clicking the orange Discuss button at the top of the dataset page.

March 23rd, 2018:
Build something innovative using the City's data and win the grand prize of $5,000! Entries due Sunday, April 22nd. Register now and start innovating! #buffaloinnovates

March 20th, 2018: 
The dataset release timeline is live! Check it out to see what the Open Data Buffalo team is working on and when you can expect datasets to be uploaded to the portal.

The Buffalo Public Schools dataset has been uploaded to the open data portal. 

The 2018-2019 Assessment Roll dataset has been uploaded to the open data portal. Explore this dataset through its data lens, a unique, dynamic format that displays data in a way that is both informational and visually interesting.
Or check out the CitiStat dashboard by clicking the tile to the right to view and filter the interactive charts, maps, and graphs.

March 16th, 2018:
The Monthly Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program Statistics dataset has been updated with February 2018 information.

March 8th, 2018:
The Neighborhood Curbside Recycling Rates and Monthly Recycling and Waste Collection Statistics  datasets have been updated with February 2018 information.

The CitiStat Buffalo: Permits dashboard is live! Click on the tile to the right to learn about permits issued by the Department of Permit & Inspections Services since 2007.
Filter the interactive pie charts, graphs, and maps to get detailed and focused insight on what's happening in your community.

March 2nd, 2018:
The geospatial asset Commercial valuation district boundaries has been uploaded to the open data portal.

March 1st, 2018:
Mayor Byron W. Brown's Civic Innovation Challenge Powered by AT&T is launched. The Challenge asks contestants to build solutions that address social and civic issues impacting City of Buffalo residents using data from the City’s new Open Data Buffalo portal to drive their innovative solutions. Read more about it and register at www.buffaloinnovates.com!

February 22nd, 2018:
Mayor Byron W. Brown announces the launch of Open Data Buffalo, the City's official open data portal and program, at his 2018 State of the City Address. Read about it here.