Open Data Legislation Passed in Pittsburgh

by opendatapa

As of March 11th, Pittsburgh officially passed Open Data legislation in a 9-0 vote by the City Council. Although there is much to be done in terms of implementation, this is a fantastic step forward.

As described by the Sunlight Foundation, Pittsburgh’s policy has several unique aspects:

  • Emphasis on Improved Regional Partnerships – as one of the main incentives for this bill was to improve regional efficacy
  • Creation of Licensing Agreement – to ensure the data is as reusable as possible
  • Establishment of Procurement Process – to ensure all future government contracts have the correct defaults and requirements in place for open data