In the story of New Orleans’ recovery, data has played a vital and steadfast role from day one. Population counts, the number of blighted properties, and the number of returning school children, among many other data points all weighed heavily on decisions made by citizens and government alike post-Katrina.
In early 2011, the City of New Orleans made a first step to make the data that it manages more available to citizens and policy-makers. The Information Technology and Information department went live with a website called data.nola.gov. The platform began with just a handful of datasets, liberated by City departments and agencies that wanted to share information for the common good.