Newsletter: Tough to get data from San Diego’s open data initiative
Data: it yearns to be free. Megan Wood, inewsource.

Newsletter: Tough to get data from San Diego’s open data initiative

by Joe Yerardi | inewsource

The city of San Diego launched its open data initiative to much fanfare in July 2014, promising an era of transparency and robust citizen engagement around massive amounts of information the city collects and stores.

The city hired a chief data officer to oversee the implementation of an ambitious agenda of reviewing all the data under its roof and releasing data sets through a portal on its website. More than a year and a half after the initiative’s launch, city officials have compiled a list of some 2,000 data sets, half of which they consider to be public.

However, despite official requests from inewsource, the city has refused to release the list. What’s more, it is not clear if San Diegans will ever get an accounting of all the data possessed by their city’s government.

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