Open data bill set to be filed with Baltimore City Council - Baltimore


Jan. 11, 2016 12:54 pm

Open data bill set to be filed with Baltimore City Council

Brandon Scott's bill calls for the formal creation of an open data program.

Baltimore Chief Data Officer Heather Hudson.


It looks like a Baltimore City Councilman is going to introduce a new open data bill at Monday’s Council meeting.

Second District City Councilman Brandon Scott posted a draft of the bill over the weekend.

See the draft

The bill calls for an open data program to be established within city government. The bill would lay out responsibilities under the purview of the city’s Chief Data Officer, which is currently Heather Hudson.

Provisions include maintenance of the OpenBaltimore portal, working with a specific data coordinator from each city agency and a required annual report on open data.

We’ll have more as details become available.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Baltimore and DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.

  • Hope the bill provides sufficient funding. Open data programs ain’t free.

  • fantastic! Open data might be close to free when requiring existing vendors to have this feature.


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