OpEd: Open Data Critical to Key Challenges for Local Gov

CountyNews' own Robb Korinke has an OpEd in Monday's SacBee: "Open data policy would help solve many issues."

Indeed it would. About a dozen state have some kind of policy enacted, and numerous cities and counties here in California and across the US have either hired a Data Officer or passed a policy of their own. Data is the key to many of the most pressing issues facing state and local governments, and is potentially transformative for service delivery and the relationship between public agencies and their stakeholders. 

"However, just having an open data policy doesn’t guarantee progress," writes Korinke. "Some communities have robust lists of basketball courts and bicycle thefts, but high-value information such as contracting, spending or administrative actions are often left not released or 'in progress'." The key, he adds, is to pursue a comprehensive solution that encompasses state and local agencies, and focuses on the right information and better standards for sharing and maintaining.

Read the full OpEd here. Note also, Korinke will host the 2nd Annual CaFwd Data Summit in Sacramento this Wednesday, where many of these issues will be explored by experts from around the nation. Register here.