City Council Adopts Policy Setting Framework for Open Data Program
Public Safety Incident Map will be the first release as part of City’s open data initiative
The Naperville City Council on Tuesday, November 15, took a major step toward enhancing government transparency by adopting an open data policy to guide the City’s release of public data.
The policy addresses the parameters, governance, methodology and reporting structures of Naperville’s open data program and is a milestone of the City’s continued partnership with What Works Cities, an initiative that works with governments to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector.
The goal of the City’s open data program is to make the City’s data easily available to the public to help improve service delivery; increase transparency and access to public information; and enhance coordination and efficiency among departments, partner organizations, and residents.
The City’s first release of information under the open data program will be a Public Safety Incident Map, which will be available on the City’s website the week of November 28. The map, which geographically plots reports generated by the Naperville Police and Fire departments, is customizable by time frame, incident type and location.
“Residents and business owners want to know what’s happening in their neighborhoods, and that’s their right. This isn’t government data; it’s the people’s data,” said Police Chief Robert Marshall. “As a City, we’ve said that we’re committed to transparency, and with the release of this map, we’re making a good faith effort to prove that.”
Utilizing GIS technology, the Public Safety Incident Map will allow users to designate a desired time frame and view the general location of various calls received by the Naperville Police and Fire departments. The incident types shown on the map can be narrowed or broadened depending on the user’s interest.
“This map will give residents the ability to view and analyze data, spot patterns or trends, and simply be more informed,” said Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis. “The City is making a concerted effort to be more transparent, and we’re hopeful that it will continue to build community trust and engage our residents.”
For more information on the City of Naperville, visit www.naperville.il.us. To sign up for the City’s notification system Naper Notify and receive important information via a phone call, text message, email or smart phone app, including traffic alerts, visit www.napernotify.com.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.