Reference: Sunlight and OpenGov Foundations Launch “Open Data Policies Decoded” Database (Beta)
The Sunlight Foundation and OpenGov Foundation announced their new collaboration on “Open Data Policies Decoded” last week, unveiling a beta version of the new database with policies from 48 cities posted and ready for analysis.
Stephen Larrick, Sunlight’s open data project lead, told StateScoop that he sees the new web portal as addressing one of the great ironies of the open data movement at the local level.
“Open data policies themselves are by and large not released as open legislative data, and there is a lot of opportunity being missed as a result,” Larrick said. “The way ideas spread in the first place is through replication, through tweaking, and that’s a natural process we can take advantage of and connect the good ideas to the people that need them.”
We’ve launched the site with 48 policies from various U.S. cities, now available in modern, restriction-free and easy-to-access formats. We will be adding more open data policies in the coming weeks, and invite anyone and every city to contribute to and use the site. If we haven’t included your city’s open data policy, go ahead and submit it to the project, and if your city doesn’t have an open data policy, we encourage you to take full advantage of this new resource to remix one as a starting point for community dialogue about access to information.
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