Minneapolis wants to use data sharing and analytics to help city employees routinely make better decisions.

Last year, the city announced the launch of its Intelligent Operations Platform, which lets users access and analyze data from hundreds of city information systems.The project is intended to give city employees access to shared data from multiple departments and programs, along with sophisticated analysis tools that let them crunch that information in new and useful ways.

Several city departments already use the platform, and more are being added. “It’s meant to be distributed to all city departments,” said city CIO Otto Doll. “Part of it is we need to get data that’s valuable to folks in there, so that’s a process that we’re going through now.”

Users already can access data from many of the city’s 450 information systems, including crime data; 311 and 911 system information; permitting and licensing data; police precincts, fire districts and other boundary information; and data for roads, water systems and other infrastructure assets.

Collectively that information provides a window into the city’s past, present and future, and it can be used to make smarter choices for solving problems and allocating resources, Doll says. “It allows us to really get a good handle on the state of the city at any given moment.”

In an interview last week during Government Technology’s Minnesota Digital Government Summit, Doll talked about why Minneapolis deployed the Intelligent Operations Platform, how the city is developing analysis tools and how it's using the platform so far. 

This story was originally published by Government Technology.