Following up on my previous post for the City of Philadelphia, this post describes what happened on the open government and open data fronts in the City of Baltimore in 2011.OpenBaltimore Launches
The open data movement in Baltimore officially began with the unveiling of the OpenBaltimore data repository in January, 2011.
Running on the Socrata platform, OpenBaltimore launched to great excitement in the Baltimore technology community, many of whom had been advocating for a civic hacking event in the city for some time.
In the span of just a few weeks, Baltimore seemed to go from zero to 100 on open data. The SODA API built into the OpenBaltimore platform seemed to dovetail perfectly with requests from the developer community for Baltimore City to give them the raw materials to build civic apps.
Civic hacking soon ensued.