Macon-Bibb County’s Information Technology department - specifically the GIS Division - has done something quite remarkable with their data at no additional cost to the county. This hub (www.maconinsights.com), is based off leading GIS and performance analytics platforms including the Los Angeles Geo Hub, Cincinnati’s CincyInsights and inspired by Bloomberg’s What Works Cities initiative.
The MaconInsights project has earned them multiple awards and serves as inspiration for other local governments looking to innovate with more strategic use of data and better tools for engaging residents.
The open data project started in 2018 with a comprehensive review of the applications already in use and the various data sources throughout the county. This inventory served as the foundation of the MaconInsights Project, which delivers a robust open data hub with easy search tools for Macon-Bibb County staff and residents.
MaconInsights has transformed the county’s ability to digest and share data, allowing participating departments to reduce the hours spent on data requests. Citizens are also able to engage through self-service applications. Even better, these "MaconInsights" are now being pieced together to drive smarter, more informed decisions.
The Data Academy is born
A 'Smart City' is a Data Driven Community
What Macon-Bibb County set out to accomplish with this project is far greater than an open data portal. The county aims to involve various departments, partners, and citizens to promote data-driven decisions.
With the concerted effort placed on ongoing training to better equip staff to work with newly accessible data sets and to promote adoption of leading technologies, the County is looking inward to reshape the culture around transparency and citizen services. The MaconInsights team clarifies what it means to be a 'Smart City' --
We at Govlaunch agree...
A true 'Smart City' is more than leading technology - it is a culture built on collaboration across departments, agencies, and residents - and smarter use of data available to all. 💡