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Strategy 19: Continue to Develop a Robust Data Infrastructure

Access to detailed, real-time information empowers people, and the systems that support them, to meet their goals. A city’s operational systems and the activities of its inhabitants generate astonishing quantities of data. This data is captured by an increasingly wide array of sensors and control systems. To derive meaning and benefit from this data, Metro must be able to move it across a robust, secure telecommunications infrastructure. The supporting data architecture should promote and support collaboration through consolidation, storage, analysis, reporting, security management and visualization of data in an aggregated, accessible, and transparent manner. This data infrastructure will facilitate computing, optimization, and predictive modeling and provide real-time management alternatives, advice, and solutions to the continual challenges facing our growing smart Metro.

Strategic Actions

  1. Pilot a data aggregation platform that will allow Metro to aggregate, store and organize data from multiple, disparate governmental systems for use by Metro Government and partners.
  2. Continue to develop and promote the Metro Open Data program by engaging more departments and agencies and continuing to publish additional data sets.
  3. Perform a proof-of-concept open data platform that allows for cities and counties within the Metro Planning Organization to standardize and contribute open datasets to a regional open data platform.
  4. Pilot, with a data aggregation platform, a system that will allow for large-scale analysis of aggregated data collected from across multiple platforms.
  5. Develop a visualization platform will allow the community as well as data analysts to work with multiple data sets, and present reports and dashboards of findings.
  6. Drive a data-driven culture within Metro Government through ongoing training, including development of a Metro Data Academy associated with the Open Data program.
  7. Investigate community training for and pilot the use within Metro Government of blockchain technology as a potential foundational technology.

Case Study

Category: Open Data

Open. Friendly. Smart.

The City of Mesa has developed a robust and user-friendly open data portal that makes data more accessible to the public by presenting data, as a rule, in visual formats whenever possible, in addition to the machine-readable versions. The portal also highlights data related to city priorities (transform neighborhoods, community safety, workforce development, sustainable economy and placemaking). Users are given the option to search for data sets, or they may use site suggestions for datasets related to their selected items. The city also provides access to data submitted by external agencies.

Learn: Mesa, Arizona Open Data

Explore: Mesa, Arizona Open Data Initiative Management Policy