A proposal on the topic of Open Data (link to PDF) that Monster Swell advised Thijs Kleinpaste and Stefan de Bruijn on was discussed during a meeting by the commission for general affairs of the sub-municipality Center of Amsterdam.
Alper used the opportunity to take three minutes to address the council before the meeting and posted a call to action for better and more effective digital public services using open data and asked the city to open up more of its data.
When the proposal was finally treated it was adopted near unanimously (tweet) by the entire council with also a positive recommendation by the alderman. The alderman commented that because he used to be an open source developer, an open data project had been on his list of things to do for a while now and he welcomed this proposal. His idea was to spend the allocated €10’000 on projects in the form of bounties to maximize the effectiveness and first grab the low-hanging fruit.
An open data policy will provide benefits to the City, which include:
- enhanced government transparency and accountability
- development of new analyses or applications based on the unique data the City provides
- mobilization of San Francisco’s high-tech workforce to use City data to create useful civic tools at no cost to the city
- creation of social and economic benefits based on innovation in how residents interact with government stemming from increased accessibility to City data sets
City departments should take further steps to make their data sets available to the public in a more timely and efficient manner.
It would seem that the time is now ripe to push this agenda through local legislative bodies. Given the current trend towards better digital services and transparency a suitably drafted proposal for open data with a realistic goal can scarcely have any opponents.
We’re going to look into passing more proposals towards open data like this following the lead of Amsterdam.
Update: the minutes for the commission meeting have been posted: Dutch PDF