Acknowledging that Open Data increases transparency, encourages civic engagement, informs public safety, and generates economic value that fuels private sector activity, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners recognized the launch of the County’s Open Data portal and simultaneously celebrated the County’s ranking as a top Digital County in the U.S.
Douglas County was recently ranked number nine in the top ten of the 117 U.S. Counties in the 250,000-499,999 population category as one of the most technologically innovative counties in the nation for initiatives that save tax dollars; boost transparency; cybersecurity and civic engagement.
The Open Data initiative introduces seven new products: DougCOdata.org, the primary catalog of publicly available tabular data; Douglas County Open Budget and Open Expenditures; DougCoConnect, a parcel-centric data mapping and visualization tool; Douglas County Outdoors; a new way to explore hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking and exploring on horseback; and NearMeDC, a notifications platform informing users when updates are made to location-based road construction, building permits and community resources.
“Consistent with the high value our Board assigns to being an open, accountable and participatory government, we are thankful to learn that our investment in technology for information access and public engagement is recognized by our peers as among the nation’s best,” said David Weaver, Chair of the Board of Douglas County Commissioners.
Douglas County invites users of the open data products to share feedback, success stories, and more about their experience by email OpenData@douglas.co.us
“Digital counties have evolved to recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives and does business in the county,” said Todd Sander, executive director, CDG. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to innovate, improve transparency and proactively address citizen demands and expectations.”
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