City to publish film permit information on open data portal Council members Ben Kallos and Stephen Levin. (William Alatriste for the New York City Council)NYC Open Data Law."The administration had already been working on publishing the data prior to the WNYC article and Reinvent Albany's response.
But the group noted that the city had only published two data sets to the portal, even though it and other groups have been pushing for permits data release over the past year.
The group was one of several that had testified at a packed Council hearing last January in support of a bill from Councilman Stephen Levin, now with 19 sponsors, that would require monthly and annual reports on film and TV permits granted by the city, and asked for it to be machine-readable.
Councilman Ben Kallos had also introduced aseparate bill on behalf of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer that would require production permits to be made available online and searchable by community board district.
Last April, Reinvent Albany and other groups wrote a letter to the city again requesting the publication of the film shoots data on the portal, citing significant interest from hearing attendees in having more advance notice and in the data.
The administration responded in May that it was working with the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to comply with the city's open data law and would be posting more data "in the coming months."
Previously, entrepreneur and data analyst Max Galka had obtained filming data from the city and mapped film locations between 2011 and 2013. For several years, the blogOn Location Vacations has also solicited reports of the production notices on the street across the city from readers and social media followers and posted them daily, for those interested in watching filming in process or hoping to run into production cast members.