San Antonio has undergone remarkable changes in the past 50 years. In terms of population, the city population has grown from 654,153 (Rank 15 – US) in 1970 to 1,532,233 in 2019 (Rank 7 – US; Rank 2 – Texas).

 

This population growth has led to an increase in events, infrastructure, maintenance activities, and data. The day-to-day operations of a large and growing city like San Antonio generate incredible amounts of data on education, economics, transportation, housing, health, crime and much more. This gathered data becomes an essential resource to city leaders assessing the varying needs of their communities.

Staying on top of the needs of a large metropolis demands data vigilance —  the discipline to watch for important indicators and the tools to make them easy to read and easy to reach. San Antonio has taken large steps toward being informed and transparent with the open data initiative. They have made the data that they are using to monitor important aspects of our city available to all of us through modern web interfaces. (Consumer/Citizen relevance in the description of use). E.g., the service calls that are being placed every day are now available for viewing online. The charts above display summaries of that data for District 2 (Jada Andrews-Sullivan), District 3 (Rebecca Viagran),  and District 10 (Clayton Perry).

Our objective at BIF Technologies is to make data meaningful. Whether you are a corporation, a federal agency or a San Antonio citizen we strive to present information that helps you make more informed decisions or causes you to act. We are kicking off a new dashboard on our website (www.biftechnologies.com) that is based on San Antonio 311 Service Requests. Ben Koch and Frank Dixon Jr, two of our solution developers, have created several charts that will help you see how the city is responding to service requests in your part of the city. The chart on the left summarizes the total number of 311 calls by category and date across the city, while the chart on the right shows the number of calls in a city council district by category. When you select a data point on the left-hand chart watch as the right-hand chart responds (drills-down), displaying the category data for the three selected city council districts. 

Our objective at BIF Technologies is to make data meaningful. Whether you are a corporation, a federal agency or a San Antonio citizen we strive to present information that helps you make more informed decisions or causes you to act. We are kicking off a new dashboard on our website (www.biftechnologies.com) that is based on San Antonio 311 Service Requests. Ben Koch and Frank Dixon Jr, two of our solution developers, have created several charts that will help you see how the city is responding to service requests in your part of the city. The chart on the left summarizes the total number of 311 calls by category and date across the city, while the chart on the right shows the number of calls in a city council district by category. When you select a data point on the left-hand chart watch as the right-hand chart responds (drills-down), displaying the category data for the three selected city council districts. 

We hope that you will continue to visit our website and stay informed about how San Antonio is meeting the needs of citizens in your neighborhood or district. We plan to expand the data to include a complete set of city services that are available across all of the city council districts, and a way for you to select, filter, and present the information that is important to you. Data can only be meaningful when it is available to help ordinary citizens make decisions in their daily lives. Please let us know what you think of our charts (please comment below!), how the data can be made more meaningful in your life, and other public data that interests you.  

Special thanks to Benjamin Koch, Frank Dixon, Jr, Michael Gotcher, Roderick L. Barnes, Sr., and Mike Smith for making this blog post and dashboard happen!

 

Roderick L. Barnes, Sr. Mike Smith
Roderick Barnes has worked for federal and private industry crafting business intelligence solutions since 1993. Over the past 20 years he has served at BIF implementing web apps with integrated BI.

Mike Smith has over 35 years of helping to plan and deploy solutions for both federal and private enterprises. He works with BIF to help our development teams leverage agile to deliver solutions.