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The Lens plans news conference to launch new salary database as part of The Vault

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For planning purposes for Tuesday, July 22

Contact: Steve Beatty, editor
Cell: 504-655-2375
Email: sbeatty@TheLensNola.org

THE LENS WILL UNVEIL AND DEMONSTRATE THE NEWEST ADDITION TO ITS OPEN-DATA INITIATIVE: A SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF BUDGETED SALARIES FROM THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

Tuesday, July 22, The Lens will host a news conference and hands-on demonstration for reporters of a new database of salaries for city employees, from the mayor to office assistants. In all, the searchable, sortable online tool provides information on 4,100 employees.

The database is the newest addition to The Vault, a open-data resource dedicated to accountability and transparency in government. Demonstrations also will be available for the existing information in The Vault, a collection of more than 5,000 current and past contracts executed by the city of New Orleans.

When:
  • Tuesday, July 22
  • 10:30 a.m.

Where:

  • Lens offices at Loyola University’s School of Mass Communication, in the Communications and Music Building at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.
  • The Lens is in Room 401, just as you exit the elevators on the fourth floor. Demonstration is in adjacent computer lab, Room 439
  • Parking has been reserved in the horseshoe parking area around the big white “Loyola” letters on St. Charles, next to Holy Name of Jesus church.

Who: Lens editors and developers

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About Steve Beatty

Steve Beatty is the publisher and chief executive officer of The Lens. He worked as an editor for The Times-Picayune for 15 years, leaving New Orleans just before Katrina to take a position as an editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and quickly rising through the ranks to be an editor of the newspaper’s watchdog investigative team. He returned to New Orleans in May of 2009. He can be reached at (504) 655-2375.