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Council Rules Committee votes to move forward with open-data policy

The City Council Rules Committee voted Wednesday to move forward with establishing an open-data policy. The vote supported the creation of a chief data officer position and an open-data advisory group.

The current draft policy will be referred to the advisory group for consideration. The draft policy, submitted by Councilmember Mark Kersey, would ask all city government agencies to make their data machine-readable and released on a government-run website. San Diego is the only major city that does not yet have an open-data policy.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst presented a report on other cities’ open-data policies and the best way to implement one in San Diego. The IBA estimated that the City Council could immediately initiate hiring a chief data officer and creating an open data portal at a cost of about $150,000 for fiscal year 2014. Implementing the rest of the policy would cost roughly $1 million annually starting in fiscal year 2015.

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