Thursday, September 28, 2017

City Calls for Public Feedback on its New Open Data Policy

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 1:07 PM

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Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is asking citizens for feedback on a new open data policy, the city announced Thursday.

The new policy is in step with the mayor's stated goal of running a more accountable and transparent administration.

"When I ran for mayor, I promised to measure results, hold city government accountable, and share those results with you," Strickland said in a Facebook post. "We've been doing the by that by sharing our monthly data reviews, but with a new open data policy, we can do more."

In collaboration with What Works Cities and the Sunlight Foundation, the mayor's Office of Performance Management drafted the new policy aimed at driving a more open city government and improving the public's ability to track the city's goals and progress.

According to the draft, the purpose of the new policy is to increase the amount of data available to the public, while providing more tools to understand and interpret the data.

The draft version of the new data policy can be viewed here. Comments will be accepted through the end of October.

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