Several month ago, we published for the first time an internal working list of data sets that staff in the Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) – and other city departments – were working to release to the public. Since then, we’ve been using this list to inform the public about the open data sets “in the pipeline” for release in the months ahead.
Based on some internal discussions with staff in several city departments, we modified our pipeline list last week to reflect an update to the anticipated release dates for several data sets – most notable among these changes were those for budget and expenditure data, employee salaries and financial disclosure data.
Although the target release dates we assign to the data sets in our pipeline list do not represent formal commitments from the departments that manage this data, we believe that by making this list available that we can increase transparency and also better engage the community of data users that might be interested in specific data releases.
Based on the work that the Innovation Management Team at OIT is doing, and our interactions with departments, we make adjustments to this list from time to time to reflect changing priorities, additional work that may be required for specific data sets, or to allow for additional internal dialog prior to the release of data. All of these changes are visible in the Trello board that houses our pipeline items – any time a data set is moved from one list to another, if a comment or detail is added to the specific card for a data set, or if other actions are taken these details are logged and made available for public review.
Each of these data sets listed above (and all of the sets listed in our pipeline) are important. We are working diligently not only to make them available for public data consumers, but also to build a process around them with city departments to ensure timely updates and enhancements to this data going forward.
Creating valuable, sustainable data releases requires significant effort from OIT and other city departments. As we work to open up these important data sets we will continue to take steps to communicate the status of these efforts through our open data pipeline list, and also through other channels like our public open data forum.
[Note – photo courtesy of Flickr user ranjithsiji]