So Meta: Open Data Requests as Open Data

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At this year's City of Houston Hackathon, several of the City's IT professionals proposed an idea so meta that we couldn’t pass up: open data requests should be released as open data.

Previously, we implemented an "Ideas and Feedback" tab on the Open Data Portal to solicit feedback and requests from the civic innovation community. While these requests are helpful for the City to internally gauge what the community is interested in, they were not visible to the community as a whole.

Today, we are pleased to officially announce this meta idea of making these open data requests publicly visible is now meta reality! Users can see open data requests and their statuses in real time at http://data.ohouston.org/dataset/city-of-houston-open-data-program-requests-and-feedback. In the future, we’ll review if there are opportunities to refine the page layout and the filters we have available on the HTML version of the dataset. If you have suggestions, please feel free to let us know.

Frank C. Bracco is a Senior Staff Analyst for the City of Houston Finance Department and is a member of the Performance Improvement Division. Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

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