The City of Madison wanted to push its open data work forward. Since establishing an open data policy in 2012, the City has made 136 datasets available. But that data has been used only minimally by local residents and community groups.
Local residents identified neighborhood-level equity as a priority for the City to pursue. Through the Imagine Madison process of citizen engagement, the City saw that, while Madison is often ranked highly for quality of life, amenities are not equitably distributed. People of color are especially removed from access to services, public space, affordable housing, and multiple transportation options.
Reboot supported research into how open data could support equitable development. When Madison engaged the Sunlight Foundation to apply its Tactical Data Engagement strategy and find ways to generate demand for open data, Reboot supported the project in a targeted research phase to respond to neighborhood development concerns.