The Data

What is a data mashup?

A data mashup is putting information together from different sources in new ways not the original reason for producing the data, often creating a new service. An example is Google Maps integrating images with traditional street maps. This Challenge is about ways to “mash” local government information in news ways.

When will the open datasets be available? What are they?

Open datasets are available in the Datasets section. The datasets and their related documentation come from the many regional suppliers, including various City bureaus, TriMet, Metro, Portland Public Schools, and others. The datasets include regional maps and boundaries, zoning, business and building permits, crime data, and many others. All data is available in a number of structured, machine-readable formats for programmatic access, including XLS, CVS, RSS, XML, SHP, KML, etc., depending on the type of data involved.

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