Bicentennial Plan Themes
- Business Growth & Startups
- Corporate Citizenship
- Cultural Destinations
- Economic Mobility
- Greenways, Bikeways & Waterways
- Industrial Renewal
- Love Indy
- Open Data
- Project-based Learning
- Resident Involvement
- Talent Development
- Talent Retention & Attraction
- Third Places
Advocate for a Chief Innovation Officer at the cabinet level to facilitate the advancing of open data policy throughout city government and other municipal agencies and the Telecomm industry to establish best practices on resource sharing and broadband implementation. More details100%
February 1, 2016
January 31, 2018
IMCPL Strategic Plan – Open Datahttp://www.imcpl.org/strategicplan/
Those in our community are beginning to expect widespread and immediate open access to data. The Indianapolis Public Library will eagerly participate by sharing any useful data for the good of the community.
As part of this accessibility movement, the concept of Open Content is gaining in popularity. In addition to a piece of data that is open for anyone to freely use, reuse and redistribute, there are other resources in our community that are equally important to make accessible. Open Content represents the plethora of community resources, such as photos, letters, newspapers, yearbooks, maps and other documentation of the human experience.
The Indianapolis Public Library has taken the lead to preserve our community collections before they disappear. Often these rich resources are not organized, in good condition or otherwise inaccessible. By digitizing and placing our local and unique materials online, the Open Content of our community adds dimension and value to issues when used in conjunction with non-textual information such as data. In cooperation with the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Library, University of Indianapolis, and IUPUI University Library, some of the completed digitization projects include, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Public High School Collections, Indianapolis Firefighters Museum, Indianapolis Postcard Collection, World War I Poster Collection, English’s Opera House and Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood. These can be accessed through the Library’s website.
The Indianapolis Public Library has staff designated to the digitization of our city collections. We will continue to preserve and make accessible important documents that tell the story of our community.