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March 19, 2014

In Our Opinion: Open NY website doesn't open very much

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You won’t find much from our local governments on Open NY. You can find budget expenditures and revenue for Suffolk County, or employee earnings for Broome County. But these are two of only five of the state’s 62 counties whose data is available on the website.

And this points out an aspect of Open NY that the governor is less quick to highlight: The site is an aggregator of data already available through other online sources. What Cuomo’s administration has done is taken what’s already out there, and put it into a single database. But the database is so broad that trying to drill down to local data can be frustrating. Search for a zip code such as 13326, and you get every state directory that references Cooperstown, including lists of county seats, certified plant dealers, retail food stores, snowmobile registrations and, yes, farmers’ markets.

The goal behind Open NY is a good one, but the execution could use a little work. And we’d love to see more local data — not just for us, but for everyone — online. 

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