Here at OpenDataSites, we’ll feature a different open data resource on a periodic basis, starting with NYC Open Data.

Site Overview
Presently NYC Open Data has over 2400 different data sets and views grouped into 10 distinct categories (business, city government, education, environment, health, housing & development, public safety, recreation, social services and transportation). The most popular data set is currently Wifi Hotspot Locations, the highest rated data set is NYC Public High School Program Data, and the most commented data set is 311 Service Requests from 2010 to Present.

NYC Open Data Site Finder
This interactive graphic, inspired by Chris Whong’s d3.js network diagram, allows users to access every link in the NYC Open Data site. Hover over a circle in the packed bubble chart to see link info, and click on a circle to access the site in a new browser tab. Use the bar charts and filters to focus your view.

Keeping Tabs
There are a variety of ways of keeping up to date with NYC Open Data.

  • Visitors to NYC Open Data can create a detailed online profile by logging in, and profiles can be used to follow other users and save views.
  • NYC Open Data also has a Tumblr site,
  • and there is an online discussion board at
  • There is also an active NYC Open Data meetup group that meets on a regular basis if you happen to be in the area.
  • NYC Open Data is actively seeking submissions of visualizations via their Tumblr site. Submit here.

Visualizations of Interesting Data Sets

1. Rat sightings in NYC

2. Garbage collection data in NYC Community Districts, Sept 2011: DSNY Collection Tonnages

If you have any experience with NYC Open Data, leave a comment below. If there is another site or resource you’d like us to cover next, let us know!

Ben Jones
Admin, Open Data Sites


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