NYC has made major strides in government transparency by providing a substantial number of public datasets in a machine readable format through the NYC open data portal. In theory, this initiative should improve the accessibility and accountability of City government.
NYC claims that "Anyone can use these data sets to participate in and improve government by conducting research and analysis or creating applications, thereby gaining a better understanding of the services provided by City agencies and improving the lives of citizens and the way in which government serves them.", however this claim is currently immune from assessment. The primary cause of this is the lack of systemic unilateral feedback.
Without this feedback, managers and employees of DoITT, keeper of NYC's open data portal, do not have the approrpirate metrics to identify and improve the open data offerings. With this tool, they will be able to quickly learn and apply best practices to all current open datasets.