Wednesday June 19, 2019

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New York City Council Talks Open Data

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by: Amy Berryhill

New York City's data belongs to the taxpayers, and some City Council members would like to see it made more readily available to them.

Council Members Daniel Garodnick and Gale Brewer led a public hearing yesterday, giving both the Bloomberg Administration and the public a chance to comment on proposed legislation. The bill in question would make all of the city's unclassified data available to the public in one portal, accessible to users without registration and to developers through an API.

"This bill is the most important piece of transparency legislation the City Council has heard in years," said Garodnick.

Good government groups and developers filled the hearing room, with many spilling into an overflow area and more watching the livestream, to voice their support for increased transparency into the city's data.

There was no strong opposition to the bill, but Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication Commissioner Carole Post reminded the City Council that data projects are sensitive and expensive. Discussions of timing and cost were set aside.

"This work is happening all over the country. The complexity and cost should not be an impediment because there would be a lot of help from those already doing this sort of thing," said New York State Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin.

Many of the private sector spectators nodded in agreement, hoping their company might be chosen to help.


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