San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu today proposed changes to the City of San Francisco’s open data legislation, creating more structure around how the city’s data is shared with the public. The two leaders of San Francisco shared the news that they would be presenting the Open Data legislation to the city’s board later this week. The proposal would create the role of the city’s Chief Data Officer, who will be “responsible for sharing City data with the public, facilitating the sharing of information between City departments, and analyzing how data sets can be used to improve city decision making.”
The Chief Data Officer will manage 200 public data sets for 60 departments and will be tasked with finding more sets to share with the public. Each department would also designate a data coordinator to work with the CDO, who will operate out of the Mayor’s Budget Office Department
The announcement did not say when the CDO will be hired.
Since 2009, San Francisco has been making data available on the DataSF website, where it has host more than 200 city-maintained datasets. The city is planning to add the first addition of private sector data to the site, with Motionloft, being one of the first..
San Francisco’s Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath made it clear that while the City is working to successfully partner with private companies, the content in the DataSF portal “belongs to the people and not private vendors.”
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