Introducing OpenCity.in

I have maintained OpenBangalore for couple of years now. Most of the data on it is either contributed by me or by community. For months there has been demand for such a site for other cities. But its kind of difficult to build a community site for each city unless we have maintainers for each city. Hence the idea of a generic city data portal for India, where data is mostly contributed by the community.

OpenCity.in

In cities across India, there is a lack of accessible and robust public data. Citizens often do not have access to quantitative information that helps them understand the state of their neighborhood and their city, as well as support their demands of the local government.

OpenCity.in is a repository of city-related public data from government sources, via RTI or open data processes. All data will be in open data format and free to download; the data is licensed under ODbL and Creative Commons Share Alike.
About page of OpenCity.in

In Oorvani Foundation we (DataMeet) found the partners that were equally interested in such an effort. They were also users of data (CitizenMatters is part of Oorvani). That makes the partnership even better.

Certain guiding principles:

  • Community Contributed (Individuals, Orgs etc)
  • license needs to ODBL or CCBYSA
  • Easy to view and download
  • Use OpenSource

Last week the alpha version of OpenCity.in went live with data from Bangalore and Chennai. But I think the platform is more useful for smaller cities and towns like Coimbatore, Amritsar or Dharwad. I would love to see that data coming in.

On the tech part it uses WordPress as CMS and various other customization. I will write a separate post with technical details once we stabilize.

Go ahead and explore the website. Raise an issue on GitHub if you find something that’s worth reporting. More than that use the data available and make something interesting.

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