The City of San Diego is committed to the principles of open, accessible, efficient, and transparent government and the use of technology to help put those principles into practice. On January 2, 2014, the City Council approved Resolution No. R-308684 in support of creating an open data policy. On December 12, 2014, the City Council approved Resolution No. R-309441 in support of implementing the Open Data Policy.
The City has created a process for making City data available online using open standards. The City is devoting its best efforts to making its data publicly available online, while recognizing that it has numerous data sets and limited resources to dedicate to a new open data program. The City recognizes that making data available online in this manner will promote civic engagement, improve service delivery, allow for more effective communication with the public, and increase opportunities for economic development. This policy is also intended to make the operation of City government more transparent, effective, and accountable to the public and to allow the public to assist in identifying efficient solutions for government.
Information on the City's open data efforts may be found below:
Open Data Portal
In a major step to creating a more open and transparent city government, Mayor Faulconer announced in July 2016 the launch of a new open data portal that gives the public and software developers easy access to frequently requested information, such as solar panel permits issued and water quality or parking meter statistics.
Data from the portal could be used to develop apps or visualize thousands of pieces of spreadsheet information in an easy to understand format, providing new insight about how the City functions. The 44 datasets available are the first to be released after the City asked the public to vote on which of the City's datasets should be prioritized. More datasets will be made available in the coming months, and users can sign up to receive updates when new data become available at data.sandiego.gov. Developers are encouraged to share their apps or visualizations so the City can highlight their work.
OpenGov Budget Visualization Tool
The Performance & Analytics Department teamed up with the Financial Management Department to launch a visually explorable presentation of the City's Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budget. This tool makes an unprecedented amount of information to the public available. The data behind this visualization comes from the City's SAP-based financial management system, which provides well-structured data that allows it to be imported into tools, such as OpenGov, and presented to the public for visualization and analysis.
As an example of the City of San Diego's commitment to serving the public, improving how information is provided to its citizens, and putting into practice open data principles, the City's Development Services Department (DSD) releases to the public its Project Tracking System (PTS) in web-based format. PTS is an in-house software system used to both manage and track the City's land development permit processing functions. OpenDSD provides online access to permit data through Internet browsers, as well as to those who wish to query the permit data with software.