City of Palo Alto Expands Open Government Agenda with Open Data By Default Proclamation
At the Palo Alto City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 3, Mayor Nancy Shepherd is scheduled to read an Open Data by Default proclamation that firmly establishes the City's long-term aspiration to be a model for open government.
While still in the early stages of its evolution, Open Data requires a sustained effort to build momentum and become codified into the operations of public agencies. To this end, the City is moving forward to be Open Data by Default.
Under City Manager James Keene, the City has committed itself to be even more inclusive and transparent through the launch of an open data platform. This open data platform aims to make a range of City data easily accessible to the community, and is hosted in a way that makes it easy for software applications to use.
"Our efforts to support Open Data for the long term must include a vision, a set of principles, and the actions to make that happen," said Keene. "We're taking an important step by proclaiming our commitment to build a sustained pathway to openness and inclusiveness. In addition, there is no doubt that Open Data can contribute to enriching our democracy."