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February 8, 2013

Opening a window to government data

City of Weatherford program aims to provide citizens with greater access to public records, info

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Using the link data.weatherfordtx.gov anyone can search and download items. Socrata allows datasets to be included directly into the city’s website.

Animal shelter information includes recent adoptions, what animals are presently at the shelter and even information as far back as 2007 is provided, including adoptions by date.

The city’s present budget is there as well as all permits issued since 2010 and even items such as fuel purchases by city employees, broken down by department. Electric, water and sewer billing can also be checked for payment and to see how much an individual was using.

“As (city staff) gets more comfortable with the website itself, more data will be placed on it,” Janicek said.

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