OpenBaltimore parking ticket, speed camera data updated

After a three-month delay, Baltimore has resumed posting parking ticket data on OpenBaltimore, the city government's transparency website.

Officials gave no explanation for the lengthy delay in updating the site. Nothing had been added to the database since late January. That has changed, and the site now has information for tickets issued as recently as Thursday. Those include citations for parking in a handicapped zone, at an expired meter or too close to a fire hydrant, as well as speed camera tickets.

The huge database has nearly 2.7 million entries spanning more than a decade. For each ticket, the website lists basic details: license tag, vehicle make, location, time, type of violation, fine and payment status. It's a trove of information that members of the public have used to do a variety of independent analyses. It also helped The Baltimore Sun launch its speed camera investigation.

The administration of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has long trumpeted OpenBaltimore as a sign of its commitment to sharing data with the public. "Most local governments don't even have an open data site," mayoral spokesman Ryan O'Doherty noted last year, "but we do because transparency is important to the Mayor and she made it a priority."

Scott Calvert

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