The New York City Council is expected to today vote on a far-reaching open data bill that would codify many of the principles articulated by open government advocates in recent years.
If made law, the bill would go further than San Francisco’s pioneering 2010 open data law in depth and scope, obliging agencies to provide data online in machine-readable format though a single, citywide portal. But perhaps in a nod to the amount of work involved in working through large volumes of existing data, city agencies won’t have to make theirs available through the city’s portal until the end of 2018.
The city’s move is the latest step taken in the United States as part of a wider movement by open government advocates to remake government services in the Web 2.0 age. While the specifics can be esoteric, the impact of the changes are expected to be profound. The goal of publishing machine-readable information using common technical standards is to enable both the public and government employees to make cities better, whether that’s through the new raw material for a civic-oriented business to more strategically and efficiently making services available to citizens.
See also an Article by Nick Judd at TechPresident on San Francisco’s g 2010 open data law