The California Department of Technology (CDT) on Wednesday issued a new statewide policy on open data to encourage transparency and provide guidance for state staff who publish data sets.
“The newly announced Open Data Policy sets a new standard and officializes open data as a policy priority in government operations. All previous open data efforts have been volunteered-based. Having a policy in place provides guidance, standards, and gives departments the permission to start, continue, or enhance their data-driven efforts,” the California Government Operations Agency said about the policy.
Signed by CDT Director Amy Tong, Technology Letter 19-01 updates the State Administrative Manual to redefine “Open Data” and metadata” for state programs. The new policy also announced a statewide portal (data.ca.gov) for agencies to collaborate across government and launched a new handbook for staff who identify and publish data.
“This Open Data policy promotes more accessible, discoverable, and usable data that impacts economic development and improves government services. In addition, open data encourages informed policy decisions, performance planning, research and scientific discoveries, and increased public participation in democratic dialogue,” says the letter.