January 18, 2022

City of San Francisco Announces Plan to Expand Access and Use of Open Data

From DataSF:

Data can feel dry, boring and academic. At the same time, everyone loves a good story. But every story has a rich vein of data threaded throughout, describing a pattern and illuminating a path forward. It’s only when we link the data narratives that underlie our stories, that we are able to make new connections that lead to new insights about what is working or what is possible. Our Year 2 plan is not about data for data’s sake. It is about transforming how we enrich our understanding, our experience and our City with data.

The complete blog post has highlights from the first year and plans for year two including these goals:

For Year 2, we are structuring our work around five core goals and subgoals in some cases.

Make timely data easily available
Increase number and timeliness of datasets on SF OpenData
Enable use of private data, while appropriately protecting it
Streamline internal data access
Improve the usability, quality and consistency of our data
Support increased use of data in decision-making
Increase internal capacity
Support public capacity
Foster and incent a data culture
Identify and foster innovations in open data and data use
Continuously improve, scale, maintain and monitor our work

Things we plan to report on next year

If all goes according to plan, we will be reporting on the following key accomplishments next year:

Fully deployed data automation as a service to ease data publication
Deployed better, friendlier publishing for geographic data
Identified methods to crowdsource collective intelligence about published datasets
Launched new transparency websites
Engaged our broader community around a handful of key issues or datasets
Established center to facilitate and standardize confidential data sharing
Began to systematically tackle data quality
Developed Data Academy into a professional development strategy
Enriched our data through effective storytelling

Comments by Mayor

SF Mayor Edwin Lee has also released a brief statement about the new open data plan.

Direct to Updated Open Data Plan (Year 2 Plan) & Embedded Below

Data in San Francisco: Meeting supply, spurring demand

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.