City offering data for new software apps
Want to find the closest sidewalk café? Look up the value of your neighbor’s apartment? See which parking meters in your neighborhood are broken?
There may soon be mobile applications for those.
The city on Tuesday launched a competition for software developers to create apps using 170 city databases containing information from such city agencies as the finance and buildings departments and the department of transportation. The information, most of which has not been publicly available before, is also now collected in searchable form at nyc.gov/data.
The winners of the app contest, to be announced in January, will receive prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000.
More information about the contest is available at nycbigapps.com