The Greater Cleveland metropolitan statistical area (or MSA) consists of Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, and Medina County and has a population of 2,077,240. These five counties also are home to hundreds of municipalities, government agencies and organizations that generate and would benefit from public data. Several initiatives are already underway in the region to open data and increase data sharing. They include but are by no means limited to the following:
- Cuyahoga County Geographical Information Systems (GIS): The County GIS provides access to mapped information about where activities and projects are occurring. Citizens can access mapped information such as street maps, aerial imagery, parcel addresses, tax data, political boundaries and land use.
- Cuyahoga County Land Bank: The Land Bank seeks to strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, support community goals and improve the quality of life for county residents.
- Cuyahoga County Planning Commission: The Planning commission offers web-based GIS mapping and analytic tools. Its links to current property information and a variety of indicators about the natural and built environment. They also offer access to demographic, economic, and social data for northeastern Ohio based on the U.S. Census and the ability to search over 600 websites related to planning in Northeast Ohio.
- Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO): NEO CANDO is free and publicly accessible social and economic data system that allows users to access data for a 17 county Northeast Ohio region, or for specific neighborhoods within Cleveland. It’s based at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.
- Cleveland and Cuyahoga Health Resource: The Health Data Source is a one-stop-shop with data and resources pertaining to community health improvement in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative maintains the site on behalf a consortium of area stakeholders such as health departments, health systems and various local agencies.
- Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA): NOACA’s Transportation System Data Portal allows users to access NOACA transportation system data in a clickable GIS map-based environment and offers an interactive map with multiple layers of data.
- Open Cleveland: Open Cleveland is a local chapter of the Code for America Brigade, an international network of people committed to using their voices and hands, in collaboration with local governments, to make their cities better.
By June 2015, OpenNEO plans to publish a full inventory of existing and potential data sets held by governments and organizations in the region. Please let us know about any data sets or open data initiatives you think should be on our radar. You can submit information through our Contact form.