What is this all about? Why are you doing this?

Portland area governments want to be more transparent and make their data more useful. Government has to be on the cutting edge of technology to fulfill its public service mandate in today’s world. To be useful to citizens, the information it collects must be more accessible. But we also know we don’t know how to do this. There is a lot of creative ideas and talent in the local developer community – as well as a willingness to share with others. This Challenge is a way to tap into this and let everyone know about the datasets that have been made public. It's about how you can help the community make better use of public data. This is your chance to show us new ways to use the data and help transform how people use public information. Find out more on the About page.