Weigh in on Cary’s Proposed Open Data Policy
Document to guide Town’s use of publicly available data
- Provide feedback on the Town of Cary’s newly drafted Open Data Policy, which will guide the Town in making sets of public records freely accessible at no cost to the public through its online portal.
- Comment on the Open Data Policy online through March 5.
- Feedback will help refine the policy before presenting to Town Council for adoption later this year.
CARY, NC – In an age where data has become so abundant, the Town of Cary is creating a citizen-friendly policy that outlines its commitment to making that information readily available. In advance of Open Data Day on March 3, the Town is asking citizens to read and provide feedback on its newly drafted open data policy, which will guide the Town in making sets of public records freely accessible at no cost to the public via its online portal. Comments on the policy will be accepted online through March 5 and will be reviewed by staff prior to Council consideration later this year.
“Creating an open data program that shares statistical, quantitative, qualitative and similar information with the public increases transparency, fosters civic engagement and provides a more efficient way to make public records available to the public,” said Chief Information Officer Nicole Raimundo. “Now, our Open Data Policy will further our efforts to provide a safe place to play with public data by guiding what data is available and how we share it with citizens.”
The policy will support Cary’s Open Data Portal found at data.townofcary.org. Launched in 2016, the portal catalogs more than two dozen commonly requested datasets to view, map and analyze within the portal, or download for off-site analysis. Datasets currently available for public consumption focus on topics like crime and safety, development, inspections and permits, recreation and winter weather preparation.
The current policy under review was drafted in partnership with the Sunlight Foundation, a national non-profit organization that uses open data to make government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. The partnership is a benefit from being a What Works Cities municipality, the largest philanthropic effort to improve the effectiveness of local governments by enhancing their use of data and evidence. Cary was selected to join What Works Cities in September 2017.
Nicole Raimundo, Chief Information Officer, (919) 469-4027
Carrie Roman, Public Information Supervisor, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240