White House launches open data Opportunity Project -- GCN
"The White House’s new open data initiative, the Opportunity Project, aims to improve economic mobility for citizens with the release of federal and local datasets and easy-to-use digital tools. The Opportunity Project launched March 7 in conjunction with the Census Bureau’s release of its Opportunity.Census.gov platform, which allows developers, community groups and local governments to build or use tools for finding jobs, housing, transportation, schools and neighborhood amenities. The site includes health, commercial and agricultural datasets from federal agencies, as well as publically available data generated primarily by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Local datasets were supplied by Baltimore; Detroit; Kansas City, Mo.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. The Census Bureau also worked with Presidential Innovation Fellows to create a new Opportunity module for the open-source City Software Development Kit -- a resource that helps software developers use Opportunity Project data to build products. In addition to the data, private-sector partners like RedFin, Zillow, GreatSchools, PolicyLink and Streetwyze contributed tools to help citizens find opportunities in housing, education, employment and community resources ..."