In the Age of Information, it is surprising how a large percentage of the population can be very misinformed about current events and unaware of their surroundings. In addition, it can be a daunting task to research past events and analyze trends of the local government 's interaction with the community. In a large city, knowledge of this information is not only an important requirement for good citizenship, but also for personal well being. In order to present the large amount of open source data provided by the city of Baltimore in a user friendly manner, we have created a web app known as the Urban Oracle!
While this idea was only applied to information regarding Baltimore, the foundation has been laid to expand this service to other cities. Urban Oracle hopes to serve as a stepping stone to increased community involvement and awareness. As it continues to be developed, it will be able to evolve into a valuable third party service for the local population.