Virtual event

The Mayor’s Office will host a virtual open data event on Tuesday evening

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– The Mayor’s Office is hosting a virtual open data event Tuesday night to connect the community to the same data leaders use to make decisions for the city.

The virtual event features ten-minute “flash chats” from different departments, followed by a question and answer portion.

Speakers include:

  • Eric Romero, Warren Kron and Michael Stein with the Directorate of Information Services
  • Jared HymowitzDirector of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative
  • Kelvin HillDeputy General Manager of Public Works, Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome
  • Chief Murphy PaulBaton Rouge Police Department

The city began making this data more publicly available as early as 2015. “Over the past few years, we have transformed our parish city into a hub for data-driven decision making while continuing to strengthen the Baton Rouge as a leader for open data and transparency in local government,” said Mayor Broome.

“Open data is basically the concept that the data collected by the city should be made available to citizens because after all it’s their tax dollars that fund data collection,” said the director of data. information services, Eric Romero.

Romero says the data is rigorously checked for accuracy and it doesn’t always make the city look good. “By releasing the data, we show them that it’s not always good for the city, and we realize that…. we want the public to look at this data and then call us where we need to be called so that we can change processes to have a better function in city-parish government.

You can access the data here. For a more user-friendly look, you can view the same data in Open Neighborhood BR here.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, go to