|Pittsburgh City Councilwoman, Natalia Rudiak|
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak announced a proposal to make a wealth of information -- from the location of potholes, to building permits, to paving schedules -- available to the public on a new city website and for consumption by the tech community who could transform the data into useful apps.
"We want to blow the doors of this building open to provide information," Mr. Peduto said.
The legislation puts the onus on the city to proactively provide public data on the city website -- rather than forcing citizens to endure a cumbersome right-to-know process. That process, outlined under the state's right-to-know law, allows government agencies to wait up to a month or more to release data, even if there's little dispute that it falls within the realm of public information.
By avoiding the administrative process, staff is freed up work on nonpublic access issues. It will save time for the agency employees, and it will save money for the taxpayers.