openAlbany FAQs

openAlbany FAQs

Why is Albany putting its data online?

Leading public sector innovators are leveraging cloud, platform and social technologies to deliver better citizen access to information, modernize online service delivery and improve internal efficiencies. The goal is to transform data assets into productive information resources that people can easily access, share and reuse. By sharing our data in an open and transparent way, we empower our citizens, ourselves and our customers to access information anywhere, anytime. 

What have other cities, counties and states done with open data?

Examples of open data in other cities are available via the following links: Chicago, New York City and New York State.

Why are governments implementing open data?

Open data, especially open government data, is a tremendous resource that is thus far largely untapped. Many individuals and organizations collect a broad range of different types of data in order to perform their tasks. Government is particularly significant in this respect, both because of the quantity and centrality of the data it collects, but also because most government data is public information by law, and therefore can be made available for others to use. 

Who benefits from open data?

While there are numerous instances of the ways in which open data is already creating both social and economic value, we don't yet know what new things will become possible. New combinations of data can create new knowledge and insights, which can lead to whole new fields of application that will benefit both the citizen as well as government.