District Open Data Policy

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Implement open data policy (Jan 2017) to ensure robust public access to DC government data along with a new position, “Chief Data Officer” for DC (hired in 2016). Develop District data inventory/integrated data assets directory and use it to help advance entrepreneurship in the smart cities and government technology field.

Progress Updates:

July 2019: The District of Columbia Government was honored for exceptional use of geospatial technology at the 39th Esri User Conference. “With GIS, and the availability of open data, DC Government is creating opportunities for everyone, from government agencies to community organizations, to identify innovative ideas addressing some of the District’s biggest challenges,” said Lindsey Parker, DC’s Chief Technology Officer. Read the press release here.

March 2019: The District government, under the leadership of OCTO completed its second Enterprise Dataset Inventory published on March 11, 2019. Over the course of the 2019 inventory, 75 agencies recorded 1,779 enterprise datasets, up from 1,640 datasets recorded by 73 agencies in 2018. Of the 69 mayoral agencies, 64 recorded an enterprise dataset, up from 63 in 2018. Two more independent agencies also contributed datasets, increasing the number of participating independent agencies to 11 from 10 the previous year. Read the Chief Data Officer’s report to the Executive Office of the Mayor here.

April 2019: Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Washington, DC is one of seven cities to achieve 2019 What Works Cities Certification, a national standard of excellence in city governance which measures the extent to which city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making. The District achieved certification at the gold level, increasing from its silver award in 2018. Read press release here.

January 2019: The Contracts and Procurement Transparency Portal was created by the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) with support from OCTO as a public clearinghouse for all information related to the District Government’s contracting and procurement efforts. This portal is broken down into 6 modules: Forecast, Solicitations, Contracts, Purchase Orders, Payments and Independent Agencies. View the portal here.

July 2018: The District data policy was amended so that the enterprise data inventory shall be published by March 10 of each year. Read the amendment here.

March 2018: OCTO released the Enterprise Dataset Inventory (EDI), an inventory of all DC government agency data.

August 2017: OCTO seeks to remove barriers for DC agencies that want to be data driven in perusing their missions. In 2017, OCTO expanded its offerings to include the MicroStrategy and Tableau lines of Business Intelligence software using DC owned and operated public-facing servers. As a result, agencies are creating publicly available business intelligence dashboards. View recent data visualizations here.

May 2017: Mayor Bowser announced DC Government’s new Data Policy.  Under the new Data Policy, District agency data will be open to the public by default to the fullest extent consistent with safety, privacy, and security.  Check out hundreds of DC government datasets at Open Data DC.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: higher education, technology
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions, data science and analytics
  • Related action areas: space and supports