PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Knowledge is power, says Mayor Bill Peduto, and local residents deserve to see all the data city officials see.
So the mayor has embraced an open data bill offered by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.
“What we are announcing today is an open data platform that will provide all the information and data bases that we collect back to the public,” Peduto said during a press conference.
He says open access to city information — without going through lawyers or Freedom of Information Act requests — will improve services by making city officials more accountable to the public.
“All the complaints that have come in about potholes can easily be put on a map and you can look and see each week the number of potholes that have been reported, where they are being reported, what areas of the city are having the most problems,” the mayor said. “We can put together our entire pavement plan. You’ll be able to know the last time your street was paved, when it’s supposed to be paved.”
Rudiak said open information curbs behind-closed-doors political decision making.
“Clearly we need to make decisions based on need and not politics, and we need to address issues based on urgency and budgets, rather than the squeakiest wheel,” she added.
The mayor hopes tech geeks and entrepreneurs will create new apps for the the public, using city data.
KDKA Radio’s David Singer looks at new open data proposal from Mayor Bill Peduto and City Council Finance Chairwoman Natalia Rudiak.