Many policymakers and citizens do not understand the virtue of open data. We hope to change this by rapidly developing an open data service using real, high-value data. Sample applications will illustrate the possibilities of such open access.
Specifically, NC educational report card data is currently available via static HTML web pages, or in a Microsoft Access database on a CD if you pay ten dollars. We obtained a copy of the data on this CD, and we’ve chosen this as the basis for our prototype due to its high intrinsic interest to the public. We will illustrate some of the hurdles in the process of opening up the data and issues with the current solutions. Raleigh and Wake County are part of this data set so it is relevant and applicable on the local level. In the future, we plan to work with a contact in the North Carolina Public School System who works with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to bring more data online.