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San Diego Takes Major Step to Share More Data and Information with the Public

City Approves New Open Data Policy to Improve Transparency, Efficiency at City Hall

San Diego - The City took a major step toward putting more public information and data online today when the City Council unanimously approved the Open Data Policy, an initiative called for by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer's One San Diego Transition Advisory Committee and drafted by Council President Sherri Lightner and Councilmember Mark Kersey.

"Open data plays a major role in creating an inclusive and digital city government," Mayor Faulconer said. "The policy will allow members of the public, including our city's creative entrepreneurs, to use the data in innovative ways while making City Hall more transparent and accountable."

Lightner and Kersey partnered with local technology experts to draft the policy, which calls for recently-appointed Chief Data Officer Maksim Pecherskiy to identify and make available the City's high-value data sets through a public Web portal. The City has hundreds of data sets that include information about land-use zoning, parking locations and crime, among other things.

OpenDSD is one data set the City has already made available. It allows residents to look up code enforcement cases and building permits in their neighborhoods.

"Councilmember Kersey and I partnered with the Mayor's Office and local experts to form the Open Data Advisory Group and draft the Open Data Policy that Council approved today because we wanted to ensure greater transparency in city government by giving the public the access they need to important city information with the click of a button," Council President Lightner said. "We're excited to work with our new Chief Data Officer to bring San Diego's web services into the 21st century."

The policy implementation will help the City make data-driven decisions and improve service to residents. It is part of Mayor Faulconer's commitment to run a transparent government and provide tools for economic development opportunities for local businesses that may use the data.

"The City's data belongs to the people of San Diego," Councilmember Kersey said. "Open data will provide every citizen with the opportunity to become more engaged while at the same time make our government smarter and more efficient."

Pecherskiy will review the policy annually to ensure that it stays up to date since technology can change quickly.

CONTACT: Craig Gustafson at (619) 453-9880 or cgustafson@sandiego.gov


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