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Cary Town Council Adopts Open Data Policy

Document to guide Town’s use of publicly available data

Post Date:06/21/2018 12:57 PM
  • The newly adopted Open Data Policy will guide the Town in making sets of public records freely accessible at no cost to the public through its online portal.
  • The Town drafted the policy earlier this year and refined it based on feedback from citizens. The Town Council adopted the policy on June 14.
  • The policy will support Cary’s Open Data Portal found at data.townofcary.org.

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CARY, NC – In an age where data has become so abundant, the Cary Town Council adopted a citizen-friendly policy on June 14 that outlines its commitment to making that information readily available. The newly adopted policy will guide the Town in making sets of public records freely accessible at no cost to the public via its online portal. Town staff drafted the policy earlier this year and refined it based on feedback from citizens during the last few months.

“The input we received from the public helped us create an Open Data Policy that guides what data is available and how we share it with citizens,"  said Chief Information Officer Nicole Raimundo. "Our goal is to have an open data program that increases transparency, fosters civic engagement and provides a more efficient way to share statistical, quantitative, qualitative and similar information with the public."

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 policy 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 of Cary’s participation in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, 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.

“Cary’s new open data policy demonstrates the Town’s commitment to a more transparent, effective and collaborative government,” said Simone Brody, Executive Director of What Works Cities. “By formalizing how data will be shared across Town Hall and with residents, Cary is empowering staff to make more informed decisions and ushering in new opportunities for engaging the community in addressing local challenges.”

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Primary Contacts

Nicole Raimundo, Chief Information Officer, (919) 469-4027

Kathryn Trogdon, Public Information Specialist, (919) 380-4227

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240

Resources

Open Data Policy

Open Data Policy Video  

Open Data Portal 

Transparency

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