On Monday April 30th, Oakland City Council reviewed an open data policy initiative put forth by city councilmember of the 4th District and Oakland native Libby Schaff. I approached the stand as an Oakland resident and representative of CfA and addressed the council stating numerous CfA goals which include promoting open data, making local governments more transparent, better connected to its citizens and more efficient. I also shared details of various open-source civic software applications (ie: Adopt-A-Hydrant) as examples of the impacts that open source civic software these contributions have made in cities around the country.
The city council proceeded to vote on the data policy and unanimously decided in its favor. The city is allowing 90 days to devise a plan implement the open data policy ad and all costs and labor involved. Oakland open data is on the way!