BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There are steps being taken to make data about the City of Buffalo more accessible and useful to the public.

City of Buffalo officials joined around 80 data and tech professionals Saturday to host a workshop on open data.

The event was held at the d!g Buffalo Ellicott Street headquarters, to help determine what datasets should be offered by the soon-to-launch Open Data Buffalo Portal. According to the city's Open Data Policy, it would help foster an open, efficient, accountable and accessible government.

"Open Data Buffalo is an initiative to open up Buffalo's data to the public, to the community, to be able to share the many, many, many pieces of information that we have in the city, to inform people in a variety of different ways about what is happening in their city," explained Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Saturday at the event. "It will give us the ability to educate residents, to enlighten residents, to provide information to researchers, to business people, and rank and file members of our community to engage in projects and do things that will make our city stronger."

On Saturday, attendees offered ideas in moderated roundtable sessions.

Open Data Buffalo is slated to launch in September, Mayor Brown said. It's also important to point out that the city's Mayoral primary is September 12.