Open Data Settings

CItyGrows believes that government technology companies should facilitate and promote transparency and open data initiatives. 

Because we collect data in a consistent, and validated way, as part of our process management platform it's easy to create real-time open data portals for your community.

At the same time we also value privacy, and believe that each government that uses CityGrows should own and control its own data. Governments decide whether each field in each process is included in the open data public view. 

Set which fields will be connected to your public open data portal as you begin adding fields into your process steps in the templat editor. Click on the field you're editing and then use the toggle button that appears at the right to manage your open data settings.

Statistics and Data Visualization

Once you have launched at least one process from a process template, you and your community can view data and statistics about that process. To view statistics for one of your processes, you can open up the template from the Templates page, or access the Data and Stats tab from the public process landing page as well. From the public data and stats page, only data on those fields you've marked "Open Data" will be accessible to view here. Here's what the whole page looks like:

At the top of the page you'll see statistics on the process overall - how many times it's been launched, and its average time to completion. Just below that, you can see automated visualizations of the process data. Currently, we offer automatic mapping of any address field (as long as it's set to be visible in open data) as well as automatic pie chart visualizations of multiple choice fields.

For a multiple choice field, we'll show you a pie chart -

We are looking for feedback on what kinds of process statistics would be most helpful to our users – please send us an email if you have any suggestions for view or types of statistics that would be useful for you.

Exporting Data

In addition to statistics about an overall process template, governments need to access the information collected each time a process is launched (for example, the information that constituents enter into a permit application). Once process has been completed you be able to export it's data. To view export options, first select the process on your process dashboard then click on Actions menu on the right to see the Export function.

Once you export a process you'll get a email notification and the process will now show up on the Exports page which you can visit from the Exports link in the white navigation bar at the top of the page and to the left of your account icon. On the Exports page you'll have a history of all the exports you done in the past and have some options about what data you would like select.

You can download info about a specific process or a compilatation of the data from all the processes associated with a process workflow template. Currenlty, the data exports as a .csv file and we have plans to build out an API to programatically gather real-time data in the future for export to other services.

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