June 16, 2010 6 PM UPDATE 3
Visit http://nycctechcomm.wordpress.com/opengov/june2010hearing/ for more details.
The New York City Council Committee on Technology will hold an important hearing on open data standards for all city agencies at 10:00am on June 21, 2010 at 250 Broadway, New York, NY (across the from City Hall). This bill, Introduction 029-2010 (formerly Intro. 991-2009), is an effort to increase government transparency and facilitate easier access to public data. Beyond the ‘good government’ benefits of this legislation, the bill will also unlock City data to enable web developers and entrepreneurs to interact with City government in new and unforeseen ways. Data published under this legislation will be readable by any computer device, whether that is a laptop or a phone, for innovative developments. This Gov 2.0 inspired transparency legislation, targets application developers, startups, small businesses, and academics with the ultimate goal of strengthening the connection between government and the public, while re-energizing the small business-tech sectors.
Please visit http://nycctechcomm.wordpress.com/opengov/ for information on Int. 029-2010. If you wish to testify, please contact the Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer, Kunal Malhotra, Legislative and Budget Director, at (212) 788-6975 or email@example.com / Samuel Wong, Legislative Aide on Technology, at (212) 788-6975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 1, 2010 UPDATE 2
Int. 029-2010 and Int. 991-2009 are uploaded for comparison.
May 28, 2010 UPDATE 1
June 25, 2009 Brewer Introduced Major Open Data Legislation
CITY HALL, June 24, 2009 – The New York City Council Committee on Technology in Government will be holding an important hearing on open data standards for all city agencies at 1:00pm June 29th at 250 Broadway in the 14th Floor Hearing Room. This bill, Introduction 991-2009, is an effort to increase government transparency and access to public data. Beyond the ‘good government’ benefits of this legislation, the bill will also unlock City data to enable web developers and entrepreneurs to interact with City government in new and unforeseen ways.
The bill will require the City to create a centralized online repository of all publicly available information that is either produced or retained by the City. Furthermore, data published under this legislation will be readable by any computer device, whether that is a laptop or a phone. Not only will this collection of information be invaluable to elected officials, other government agencies and public advocates, but it can also be used by private citizens who could use the information in ingenious and unforeseen ways. New York could be a pioneer in an increasingly popular and competitive field: Int. 991, when passed, could place New York ahead of any other major city or state in the nation because our legislation is more comprehensive.
The spirit of this legislation parallels initiatives taken in Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., but we have introduced legislation that surpasses their efforts in both its scope and organization. Intro. 991 would create the first central location for all City data, a “www.datanyc.gov” of sorts, much like the Obama Administration’s recently launched www.data.gov and www.recovery.gov. The Committee is expecting testimony in support from good government groups, web developers, the New York State Senate CIO, and the CIO’s of Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Boston.
Furthermore, the data requirements of Int. 991 would publish data in formats allowing the tech community to interact with City government in a new and exciting manner. Just imagine looking at a restaurant’s ratings (and violations) on your computer or mobile device based on your search or GPS location. On the academic side, students can research legislation and statistics instantly. Open access to information ensures government accountability to provide the most detailed and user-friendly data format, while maintaining user privacy. Essentially, government transparency generates greater collaboration between the people and the government, as it fosters awareness for the local community.
If you want to attend the hearing and/or testify at this hearing, please contact Kunal Malhotra, Director of Legislation and Budget, at email@example.com or (212) 788-6975.