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Louisville open data portal earns platinum status for public access

What’s the most popular dog breed licensed in Louisville? Who’s the highest-paid city employee? Is that short-term rental in your neighborhood licensed?

Answers to these questions, and many more, can be found on Louisville’s Open Data website. Back in 2013, Mayor Greg Fischer issued an executive order directing city agencies to publish data sets that would otherwise be considered public records under Kentucky’s open records law.

The portal, managed by the city’s Office of Civic Innovation and Technology, contains far more than 200 data sets on everything from crime reports and 311 service requests to an interactive map of city parks and their amenities.

“The Louisville open data program increases transparency, accountability and accessibility,” Grace Simrall, head of Civic Innovation and Technology, said in the portal’s most recent annual report.

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