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How San Francisco Plans to Reinvigorate Its Open Data Program

A new strategic plan aims to institutionalize open data in San Francisco.

by / August 15, 2014
San Francisco Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro Jason Shueh

San Francisco is one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to making open data public. But Mayor Edwin Lee and his brain trust believe that more can be done.

Joy Bonaguro, who was named San Francisco’s first chief data officer in February, has been tasked with taking San Francisco’s open data program to the next level. Lee and Bonaguro recently released a new strategic plan (download) aimed at “institutionalizing” open data in the city.

The 48-page document lays out an ambitious plan to mature and further ingrain open data in San Francisco’s decision-making culture.

“Not only do we need to reinvigorate our program and release more data, we need to evolve our work to support the use of data in decisionmaking,” the plan says.

San Francisco summarizes the six goals for the first year of this effort:

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Matt Williams Contributing Writer

Matt Williams was previously the news editor of, and is now a contributor to Government Technology and Public CIO magazines. He also previously served as the managing editor of TechWire, a sister publication to Government Technology.2

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