Get Fresh

Find a list and map of community gardens on Open Data KC. A big thanks to Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) for sharing their data. KCCG is your resource to learn about gardening through workshops, events or a visit to the Beanstalk Garden. Visit their website at

You might want to find out about Farmers Markets in your area. Thanks to the Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board at the University of Missouri for sharing their data on Open Data KC. Have you ever thought about organizing a market in your neighborhood? Check out the Farmers Market Handbook.

Eat Local
Want to find out more about eating local? Check out the Eat Local Expo on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Penn Valley Community College Gym, 3201 Southwest Trafficway. Hosted by the Kansas City Food Circle, guests can learn about local food options, meet local farmers and sign up for community supported agriculture, a service that helps residents purchase food directly from a farmer.
You can also visit KC Food Circle online at to connect with local, organic and free range food producers.

CityCampKC is the KC region’s installment of the wildly popular global unconference series connecting civic doers, makers and hackers together with local government officials for a day of learning, discussing, imagining and building.
Come hack your Kansas City. You are the change you’ve been waiting for. Help create the city you want to live in. The focus this year is on diversity in government, gov tech and civic engagement.
CityCampKC 2013 is Saturday, April 20 at the Kauffman Foundation. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More Information Please
If you are interested in knowing more about Kansas City’s efforts with open data
If you have data you want to share
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Up Next
The next data sets will focus on property.


Data delivered

During a stakeholder meeting on open data in the fall, a Kansas City resident who is also a professor at UMKC asked if the City could make traffic studies available. This request also ranked high on our data ideas tool. We are happy to let you know this request has been delivered.LED streetlights13 You can look at raw data, download the PDF versions of the studies, or navigate the data visually on a map. This type of information is valuable for entrepreneurs, realtors, urban planners, developers and residents. Here is a big thank you to our Public Works’ street and traffic engineers for their openness and effort to bring this data to you.

Grade A – Above and Beyond
It’s our norm to hear about who failed to comply but what about the flip side? The Kansas City, Mo., Health Department gives a Grade A Food Excellence Award to establishments that go above and beyond health code requirements to excel in sanitation and food safety. Check out a map of the locations.

Did you know there are more than 600,000 records of 311 cases that have been uploaded to the Data Catalog? Here’s where you come in – filter the data through your lens; create a view you care about; and give us feedback using the discussion feature. This is just the beginning. We are fine tuning and expanding the 311 data feed.  We aim to update it weekly. By summer we plan to have live 311 data available.

In the News
There is an interesting article about the evolution of using data to solve problems. In NYC,  the mayor has a geek squad analyzing and solving problems using data they already have. If you want to get involved with Kansas City’s Open Data, sign up for our Brigade.

Up Next
Spring is just around the corner, stay tuned for data on farmer’s markets, community gardens and local farms.

Code for America Fellows

Hi! We’re the 2013 Code For America Fellows. We are thrilled to be in Kansas City. Before we got here, our friends and colleagues were telling us tales of jazz clubs, fast internet, nice people, and even nicer BBQ. We’ve been invited into town by both Mayor James and Mayor Reardon, to explore how technology can help with economic development.


Ariel Kennan, Andrew Hyder, Alison Jones

We’ve spent two weeks interviewing city staff, community leaders, non-profits, entrepreneurs and educators about the opportunities and challenges of economic development in Kansas City. 40 meetings so far! We’ll be spending the next two weeks exploring more thoroughly the ways technology can help solve some of these problems. In March, we’ll return to San Francisco to gather all of our notes and start to develop an app. We’ll be back a few times throughout the year to ruthlessly test our ideas and tech, until November when we officially release. We want our efforts to amplify all the impressive work already being done in Kansas City.

We have been amazed by the passion of the entrepreneurial community here. We’ve learned that Kansas City was built by entrepreneurs, and that ambition continues strong here. Groups like 1 Million Cups gather hundreds together weekly and there seems to be a new business incubator on every corner. The expertise and wisdom available for entrepreneurs at The Kauffman Foundation and UMKC’s Bloch School of Entrepreneurship is unmatched by any place in the world.

It is also an exciting time to be involved in civic technology in Kansas City. Major efforts are being made by champions inside of local government to open up essential data sets and upgrade the existing technology used by city staff. The new Socrata data catalog will allow for anyone to quickly view, and use, important city data. The city also just hired a Chief Innovation Officer, a brand new position tasked with making the government more creative and efficient in its decisions. Over at the Hacker Homes and in the working groups of KC Digital Drive, Kansas City is building next-generation technology on top of Google Fiber. The rest of the world is watching to see what will happen in Kansas City.

We feel like we hit the jackpot by being selected as the Kansas City Code for America Fellows. We’re super excited to see what we, you, and the city can build together.

Meet the Fellows
Get involved in Kansas City’s tech scene via monthly events that build the future of our city and the power of technology. Join us to launch the series on February 23rd, as part of a national Code Across America Event, a day of exploring and developing civic technology.
At our Kansas City Community Coffee, please join us for:
Code for America Brigade Overview & Sign Up
KC civic tech contributions: mapping, writing, open data, ideation, and more!
Discussion with the fellows

Show-Me State and City
Kansas City is on the map, the open data map. Check out the State of Missouri’s Open Data Catalog. Still learning about open data check out

Up Next
The Traffic Operations Center of Public Works Street and Traffic Division will share traffic count data collected at intersections with traffic lights in Kansas City.

Report Resources

When I first started thinking about open data in Kansas City, a name immediately popped in my mind: Steve Lebofsky, soft spoken knower of almost everything. Steve works in City Planning and Development on statistics and research. If you have a question, Steve usually has an answer and some data to back it up.  Today, Steve is publishing more than 60 reports on the data catalog.

Council Boundary Map
Perhaps you would like see the 2011 Council District Boundaries. This is a map you can view online or download.

Census Reports
Many of the reports contain census information that is used by different sectors in the community. When Community organizations write grants they use the census reports to analyze the populations and issues related to communities they are targeting for services. Neighborhood groups use the census information to understand the changing indicators of the people and conditions where they live. Entrepreneurs interested in starting a business use the census information to learn about the characteristics of potential clients.

Tailored Reports
As you browse the data catalog you can see the Business Establishment Example Report. This report looks at businesses across the city. However, this report can be tailored to a specific geographic location. For more information, send an email to

Data about Steve
He loves to travel. Recent trips include Peru, Vienna and China. Steve and his wife Margitta  enjoyed volunteering at  the Panda research center on their trip to China. steve1 His best trip ever was the Galapagos Islands, where he walked freely and safely among the wildlife. Next trip planned: Madagascar. Steve grew up in Philadelphia, moved to Kansas City and started working for the City in 1976. Steve thinks Kansas City has great quality of life; he should know he’s been almost everywhere!

Up Next
Meet the Code for America fellows and find out about their month in residency.

Data Catalog

Open Data KC
Open data is a simple concept really. Governments collect, create and maintain information and data. Most of that information is public, meaning there is no expectation of privacy. Residents pay for it with their tax dollars, and they deserve to have access to it. Kansas City is taking another step toward openness and transparency.

This step is an open data catalog. It’s a government platform that’s easy to find, easy to use and easy to explore. Researchers, scientists and journalists will analyze the data and information. Programmers will build phone apps with government data. The rest of us will explore the data for information we care about.


Kansas City launched the Open DatCatalog with the delivery of the FY2013-14 Submitted Budget. For the first time ever, line item detail is given to the elected officials and the public. The budget is available for your review online anytime. If you want to attend a public hearing in your area, see the schedule.

Open government is more than transparency. Open government includes listening and responding to feedback from residents. The budget data can be filtered by different categories. Learn how to make your own view and save it for others to see.
Comment on the data set or a particular view. Learn how from this quick video.

Tell us what kind of data you are interested in having in the data catalog. Vote using our ranking tool. This open source tool was formatted for use in Kansas City’s Open Data project by Capstone MBA students from Rockhurst University.

Up Next
Stay tuned for future data sets. Coming up next: downloadable neighborhood level census reports from City Planning and Development.