Open Data STL

Last month a new meetup group called Open Data STL was launched with the goal of bringing developers and local civic groups together to facilitate providing citizens access to local civic/government data and to aid in the development of tools to make use of that data.  The group meets monthly at the T-Rex tech incubator space.

For the second meeting, I prepared a few slides to try to help gain some insight into existing open data initiatives of other cities from across the United States. It turns out that most cities seem to be using the Socrata open data platform, and so I focussed my attention on exploring civic data sets in their repository.