News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

9/19/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 09/19/2012
Subject :

City of Palo Alto Continues Open Government Push with Launch of "Open Budget"
Contact : Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Department    650-329-2121
Palo Alto, California – September 19, 2012 – The City of Palo Alto and Delphi Solutions, which offers a user-friendly and "open government "platform, today announced a partnership to deploy one of the most innovative municipal data visualization tools in the country. Using Delphi Transparency, the City of Palo Alto provides both city employees and citizens the ability to easily access, understand and analyze the City's budget. Delphi was founded by Joe Lonsdale (co-founder of Palantir, Formation8) and the management team from California Common Sense (http://cacs.org) to build a groundbreaking good-government platform.

This partnership is part of City Manager James Keene's vision for Palo Alto to become a leading digital city with open government as an essential foundation. The new tool can be accessed here: http://data.cityofpaloalto.org/openbudget.

"The work we are doing with Delphi, a Silicon Valley start-up, complements our recently deployed open data platform (http://data.cityofpaloalto.org) by creating a rich, visual experience for the complex process of interpreting municipal financial information," said Dr. Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer. “We currently post a 350 page PDF document from which data extraction can be difficult. With Delphi’s visualization and analytical capabilities, the City’s financial data is now more useful and open for internal staff, citizens and software developers."

Palo Alto’s new Open Budget tool provides easy, graphically-based views of five years of City’s financial information. Rich interactivity enables a leap forward from the current static budget document files posted online. Using a filtering menu, users can interact with the data and create charts of exactly the slice of financial information most useful to them. Customizable views can be exported as a graphic file for use in presentations and documents. Additionally, all views can be exported in a spreadsheet format so that further analysis can be performed on the data or it can be used to power new, independently created applications. Open Budget makes City financial data more understandable, accessible and valuable for a wide range of stakeholders. The version that goes live today is just a first step.

“We anticipate more capability in the months ahead and adjustments based on community feedback," added Reichental. 

City Chief Financial Officer, Lalo Perez, who was instrumental in advocating and supporting a new way to use City financial information added, “We are excited with the initial results of making budget data available to our community and City staff in a form that is easier to consume and more actionable. It takes transparency and decision-making to a whole new level.” 

"The City of Palo Alto joins a group of forward-thinking municipal institutions that are changing the landscape of government software and data analysis,” said Dakin Sloss, CEO and co-founder of Delphi. "By opening financial data with Delphi Transparency, Palo Alto improves data accessibility, saves city employees time in analyzing financial information and creating reports, and gives citizens meaningful access to their data. This is a great step toward better government."

James Keene, Palo Alto City Manager, adds: “Open Budget further builds on the work we are doing to expand open government. It translates to a deeper relationship with our community. We’re removing barriers and supporting a more informed and engaged citizenry here in Palo Alto.”

 
About Delphi
Delphi Solutions develops user-friendly, intelligent software to improve government performance.  Our groundbreaking good government platform features unparalleled transparency applications, crystal-clear visualizations, sophisticated data analyses, long-range financial planning, and robust performance and benchmarking tools.  Founded by Stanford technologists, and backed by prominent Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors, Delphi helps government realize the power of twenty-first century technology. 

Delphi Transparency, which makes it easy for citizens and municipal staff to explore, analyze, and visualize municipal finances, is available immediately. Go to http://www.delphi.us to learn more and get started. 

Delphi Media Contact
Dakin Sloss
Chief Executive Officer
650-336-7167
dsloss@delphi.us

City of Palo Alto Contact
Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
Chief Information Officer
650-329-2121
officeofthecio@cityofpaloalto.org





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