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Let the big data dump begin.

About 40 city agencies have until midnight tonight to post their publicly available data to an online portal where anyone from citizens to government officials can access it.

It is the first milestone of the landmark open data law that was signed into law a year ago by Mayor Michael Blooomberg, and technologists, elected officials and advocates were celebrating the occasion.

"It's a baby step in the right direction, but it's a pretty big baby step," said Noel Hidalgo, executive director of the Open NY Forum and Code for America's local program manager. "You cannot reinvent the architecture and the practices of government within a year."

The much more significant data dump will take place over the next few years. By 2018, the agencies are expected to make available as much data public as possible under current law.

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