We can invite outside organisations to plug into our network to drive even further innovation Adrian Dawson Christchurch City Council\nChristchurch City Council has deployed Anypoint Platform from MuleSoft to build a series of system integrations and open data APIs.\nBy securely exposing historical city data to approved third parties and agencies, the council says citizens will benefit from the release of innovative products and services.\nPreviously, external parties who want to access these records had to email their request to the council and were then provided with a CSV file containing the records manually drawn from an SQL database. \nRequests can now be made with a simple API call, reducing the time it takes to fulfill these requests to seconds. Taking an API-led approach also makes it easier for third parties to gain access to the data they need in more widely compatible formats.\n\u201cBy creating an application network through API-led connectivity, we\u2019re able to quickly serve up data required by third party companies to deliver digital experiences to Christchurch Citizens and can invite outside organisations to plug into our network to drive even further innovation,\u201d says Adrian Dawson, service manager, Christchurch City Council.\n\u201cSince launching the open data API program, we\u2019ve already seen many organisations jump at the chance to access this data and use it to start delivering cutting-edge services to our citizens,\u201d says Dawson, in a statement.\nRelated: Paul Stone: On a mission to promote open data for public good and business innovation\nThe council provides a range of services for more than 375,000 residents. These include public transport, sports facilities, construction approvals and disaster recovery services.\nThe council released its first open data API created in June 2017 this year.\nThe \u2018Property Data API\u2019, unlocks data historically siloed in the council\u2019s internal property data warehouses and makes it easy for real estate agencies, researchers, application developers and other government departments to access historical property information including sales and pricing data. \nBy making this data accessible to third parties, citizens will be able to more readily access insights on property ownership over time.\nFor example, a property sales agency can now leverage the Property Data API to show historical pricing of properties on their website or similar properties in the area to give potential homebuyers a point of comparison before purchase. Other third parties, such as researchers could combine this with other datasets to allow for new insights and enhanced decision making.\nSince completing the Property Data API, the IT team created a B2B service that streamlines the way in which work requests are sent to road construction contractors. \nOver the next year, the council plans to use the platform to further improve citizen experiences by creating other open data APIs such as an API to expose cemetery data to support genealogy research and an API traffic flow data to assist with the introduction of self-driving cars.\n"The potential for innovation is limitless when the right data is accessible,\u201d says Dawson. \u201cChristchurch citizens will continue to benefit from the new offerings other agencies and organisations are able to launch as a result of these open data APIs.\u201d\nRelated: Dame Diane Robertson talks about data being used for the benefit or as a deficient model for Kiwis\nNo caption\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nJoin us on Facebook.