Hey Brigade members,
I just got off a call with SpotCrime, a company that aggregates crime data, standardizes it, and then publishes it via API and on a map. (They make money from the advertising.)
They called up Code for America because they’re looking for local allies to advocate to maintain access to open data – specifically a bunch of jurisdictions that are about to see the existing open data cut off.
Read more in this GovTech article:
From the article:
News of the split between Socrata and Motorola Solutions was disconcerting for some, such as market developer Brittany Suszan of SpotCrime, who feared the loss of a major open data resource.
Brittany says that this largely affects many jurisdictions in Maryland, California, and Utah, but any police department that is a client of Motorola Solutions is affected.
If anyone is interested in doing some open data advocacy around this work, reach out to me and I will connect you to Brittany. Any improvement to open data that would be helpful to your project would also be helpful to them, so perhaps they could also be helpful to you in advocating for something you’d like to see locally.