The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has released its motor vehicle collision data on the city’s open data portal. The NYPD has been criticized in recent years by public interest groups and the New York City Council for not making its data available, but this release marks a major step in the right direction. The data, which used to be updated monthly and available only in unsorted PDFs and spreadsheets, is now available for download in machine readable formats and updated daily. New Mayor Bill De Blasio has made safer streets a major part of his agenda, calling for technologists to develop public safety apps using the data.
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