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City's Push For More Open Data Informs Public

Posted: 5:42 PM, Mar 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-24 22:52:13Z

If you've ever wondered where tornado sirens are in your part of town, Keith Durbin, chief information officer for Metro Government, said you can now find them online.

"Mayor Barry signed an executive order earlier this year promoting open data," he said.

Public information officer Brian Haas for the Office of Emergency Management said they immediately jumped on board. 

"With this new push to include more data, this was a great opportunity for us to put online information about tornado sirens ," he said.

It's not just data on public safety . So far, you can research the data on agencies under eight different departments like education , health , government , and transportation

"You can find listings of permits that have been applied for," said Durbin. "You can find locations of fire stations, police stations, and schools."

It's a tool to keep you safe and informed about Nashville.

"We're of the mind that more information helps folks stay safer," said Haas.   

That's why Durbin said what you see on the site is only the beginning. 

"We are continually looking for new data sets to put out there, so things you find today will be updated overtime," he said.  "One of the things you'll be guaranteed is that the data is fresh."

To view the data available, click here .