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Somerville's 'OpenData' Cloud-Based Portal Coming Soon

Residents will be able to look at 311, Department of Public Works and other data using an online portal. A software issue delayed its launch.

Somerville planned to launch it's in July, but that launch has been delayed because the portal's developer and host, Socrata, Inc., has been dealing with a software licensing issue, according to Jaclyn Rossetti, a spokesperson for the city.

It sounds like that issue is now resolved, and the portal will be launching very soon, Rossetti said.

She said the city's data is ready to go and the portal could launch in a matter of days.

Once launched, residents will be able to create an account and look at a variety of city data.

At first, most of the data will come from the city's 311 system and , Rossetti said.

Eventually, residents will be able to look at Somerville crime statistics, government spending information, maps and more.

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Jonah Petri August 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Thanks for looking into this, Chris! I look forward to a Patch announcement when this site comes online.
Joe Beckmann August 22, 2012 at 01:08 PM
How much is the Socrata contract worth? And what are the metrics the city used to derive whether it would be worth that price? If you can't prove the value of data, it's not got any.

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