Thu August 23, 2012
More Data Coming Soon to City Data Website
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has unveiled his office's long-planned data tracking system, LouieStat.
LouieStat is meant to be the source for significant data on Metro Government. It's supposed to track everything from pothole locations to release rates at Metro Animal Services to overtime hours of public employees.
The site is now active, but at this point, only a few departments have information posted, and much of the data is presented in graphs, without raw numbers. For instance, the total number of animals LMAS takes in can't be found on the site, though release rates are tracked.
“We felt like we needed to start with something. As we get deeper into LouieStat and build up these databases, there'll be more and more data added to that," says Mayor's spokesman Chris Poynter. "We spent six months getting LouieStat set up and it takes a lot of work to prepare for these LouieStat meetings. Everyday, as LouieStat continues, you'll start to see more and more data on this website.”
Fischer promised to create LouieStat as a candidate for mayor two years ago. The site follows up on LouisvilleCheckbook, which was a site funded by a group of transparency-minded Metro Council members. That site listed exact expenditures for city departments.
LouieStat is run by recent Fischer appointee Theresa Reno-Weber, who earns $115,000. Poynter says no other new employees were hired to administer the system.