Kansas City Launches Open Data Card Sort
The City of Kansas City has made a commitment to opening up our data through the Open Data KC. The city’s Open Data initiative is important because it provides visibility into what our city is doing and makes public information available to citizens, business and organizations of all kinds.
As part of this commitment, we want to make sure that we have a web site where citizens, businesses, and developers can access data in an intuitive and user-friendly way. In order to truly make it easy to use, we need to know how people think about city data so that we can organize the web site and design navigation that makes sense to our citizens. Card Sorting is an activity used to figure out how people think about grouping information, and what labels and nomenclature they use to describe things. For example, if we were to ask you to sort the 50 states, you might sort them by geographic location, climate, ones you’ve been to and haven’t been to, etc. None of these options is better than the others, they are just different ways to think about grouping and organizing information.
By completing the Card Sort, you are helping us determine how to categorize different types of data, and what words to use to describe these categories so that citizens, business people and technology developers can easily locate the data they need on the web site. Thank you for playing an important role in improving the usability of our Open Data KC!
We have set up three separate card sorts. If you would like to help with this effort please select the one that best describes you.
- Citizen – Citizen Card Sort
- Business Owner and/or Entrepreneur – Business Community Card Sort
- Technical Developer – Developer Card Sort
For additional information please contact Eric Roche at Eric.Roche@kcmo.org.