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Mar. 7, 2014 4:35 pm

Listen to testimony in favor of state Open Data Policy [AUDIO]

As Technical.ly Baltimore reported in January, the Open Data Policy is being pushed by Sen. Bill Ferguson from Baltimore. If the Open Data Policy is voted into law, Ferguson said it will be Maryland’s “first formalized step towards an open data regime.”

The Maryland State House. Photo from Flickr user cometstarmoon under Creative Commons for Attribution.

Three supporters of open government data testified this week in favor of the Open Data Policy currently being considered by the Maryland state senate.

  • Colin Drane, CEO of SpotCrime.com
  • Beth Blauer of Socrata, whose software is used by the City of Baltimore to power its open data portal
  • Rebecca Williams of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Sunlight Foundation, which advocates for open data and government transparency

Listen to the 20-minute testimony here(Hat-tip to Robert Wray of mp3car.com for the audio.)

As Technical.ly Baltimore reported in January, the Open Data Policy is being pushed by Sen. Bill Ferguson from Baltimore. If the Open Data Policy is voted into law, Ferguson said it will be Maryland’s “first formalized step towards an open data regime.”

Read Technical.ly Baltimore's Q&A with Ferguson -30-
Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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