Data Sources and Limitations
The Prototype would not have been usable without specific data sets to support each application. Since creating new data sets was unrealistic within the scope of the project, data was extracted from production systems, scrubbed, and integrated in the Prototype so its functions and features could be used in ways similar to real world uses. The data sources used were not necessarily the best authoritative source for a production system. They were chosen to provide enough appropriate data to support the Prototype.
Since the scope of the Prototype could not support data for the entire state, each application was populated with data about county and municipal governments from the following 15 NYS Counties: Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Broome, Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Clinton, Essex, Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington, Ulster, Westchester. Data about three NYS agencies (NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, NYS Office of the State Comptroller, and NYS Office of Real Property Services) was also included. All data in the Prototype was specific to one or more of the applications. Applications and corresponding data sources are shown in Table 3.