California Open Data Bill Fails

The bill that would require California to adopt an open data policy and appoint a chief data officer did not pass.

by Justine Brown / September 3, 2015
California's state capitol building in Sacramento. Pete Bobb CC by SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

With last week’s Assembly Appropriations Committee deadline to determine which bills move ahead or quietly die, SB 573, Sen. Richard Pan’s bill that would require California to adopt an open data policy and appoint a chief data officer failed to pass.

Under the bill, each state agency would designate a data coordinator to report to the chief data officer, who would establish a series of annual benchmarks for the amount and type of data published on the statewide portal.
 
Pan said SB 573 would not only facilitate unprecedented access to government information, but also foster economic development, boost transparency and accountability, and reduce workloads while increasing cost savings at state agencies.
 
While the future of SB 573 is uncertain, other efforts are underway to help move California toward open data. GovOps has circulated a solicitation for small businesses to compete for a contract to develop a statewide open data portal.
 
The solicitation calls for a service “to allow easier access and downloading of the state’s publishable data” and which would allow state CIOs to “integrate statewide technology initiatives, ensure agencies and departments are in compliance with information technology and security policies and standards, and promote the alignment and effective management of information technology resources.”
 
More specifically, the solicitation calls for a complete SaaS cloud-based Open Data Portal solution including implementation services, training services and support.
 
This article was originally published on TechWire.