Today, at Caktus headquarters, CTO and co-founder of Caktus Colin Copeland will stand at a press conference along with activists, police representatives, and elected officials to announce the launch of OpenDataPolicingNC.com. The first site of its kind, OpenDataPolicingNC.com draws on public records to publish up-to-date stop, search, and use-of-force data—broken down by race and ethnicity—for every police department and officer in the state of North Carolina. The volunteer effort, led by The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) and technical leadership by Colin, includes approximately 20 million anonymized data points from 15 years of NC traffic stop data.
By Tyler Dukes
RALEIGH, N.C. — A new project by a Durham-based nonprofit allows users to explore the racial disparities of traffic stops by law enforcement across the state – stops that disproportionately affect minority drivers.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice launched the website Open Data Policing NC, using more than 10 years of law enforcement data reported to the North Carolina Department of Justice. The site allows users to explore traffic stops broken down by race and ethnicity, as well as other statistics including use of force and discovery of contraband.
News organizations from The New York Times to the Greensboro News & Record have used the state’s data in the past year to show that black drivers – and particularly black males – are more likely to be stopped and searched by law enforcement on North Carolina roads.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will launch OpenDataPolicingNC.com on Thursday
UNC-Chapel Hill researcher says the website signals a ‘revolution in government transparency’
Initiative has support from the White House
DURHAM — A nonprofit civil rights organization – with support from the White House – will launch a website Thursday that will contain up-to-date information about nearly 20 million traffic stops made by every police department and every police officer in North Carolina over the past 15 years.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will launch OpenDataPolicingNC.com Thursday morning in Durham. The website, the first of its kind in the United States, will rely on public records on police traffic stops, vehicle searches and use of force – broken down by race and ethnicity – since 2000.
The site was created through Caktus group and volunteer civic coders who are members of Code for Durham. Code for Durham will help expand the scope of the site through support from this volunteer group of technologists.
Code for Durham, Durham Cares, and Hack Duke kick off a new chapter of civic innovation with release of Open Data portal with a few new open data sets from the city and county, including Building Energy Usage
Open Data portal plans are underway now for a joint work plan and project framework, with a projected site launch date of summer 2015, alongside the entire city website revamp. We will be pushing for MUCH earlier release than that! And already have a side site released here as a workaround: bit.ly/cfdportal
â€œDurham is uniquely positioned to be a very successful site that demonstrates the business and social potential for open data,â€ said Durham City Manager Thomas J. Bonfield. â€œOur communityâ€™s entrepreneurial energy and creativity gives us an advantage to innovate new ways of doing business by making information readily accessible.â€
Announcing the Code for NC Discourse forum platform (forum.codefornc.org) designed and intended for all North Carolina CfA Brigades to utilize for discussion and collaboration. A significant component of the Code for North Carolina Platform.