OpenHoward Provides Data Directly to Citizens

As reported in the Baltimore Sun, Howard County recently launched a web portal called OpenHoward, aimed at increasing government transparency.

The site, at, assembles 53 data sets, 17 maps and three charts across 15 categories, including money and finance, planning and zoning, county administration and public safety.

The County Council passed a law requiring county agencies to provide the public information through a web portal, and County Executive Kittleman advocated for increased transparency during his campaign for office, according to the Sun.

“We now have a centralized platform for collecting and sharing government data with the public,” Kittleman said in a statement. “I believe strongly in open and transparent government, and this is an important step to help increase responsiveness and improve efficiency.”

For more information, see the full story from the Baltimore Sun here.