Opening up government data has the potential to engage residents, increase accountability and spur new uses of data. As one of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnerships founding members, Urban Strategies Council has used data as a tool to improve low-income communities for almost three decades. The Council, in partnership with the Code for America brigade OpenOakland, has demonstrated how open data principles align with the mission to empower neighborhoods. Together, they are encouraging their local governments to implement open data policies and practices by raising public awareness of the issue and demonstrating the value it could bring to the residents.
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