Monthly Archives: July 2016

NY State “Open NY” Open Data Initiative Publishes July Update, Director Retires

In July, Barb Cohn, the State’s Chief Data Officer and head of the Open NY open data program retired from her job at the New York State Office of Information Technology Services. Cohn has not been replaced but she left behind an admirable track record of meeting public reporting deadlines, publishing hundreds of new agency […]

Grading the Progress of NYC’s Open Data Law

Last Friday, July 15th, right on schedule as required by the NYC Open Data Law, New York City published Open Data For All 2016 its annual progress report on Open Data. The short four page report rightly touted some big successes publishing new data sets of great interest to the public and automating data sets […]

Open Data and New York State Subsidies to Business: Start-Up NY Edition

Reinvent Albany champions “open data.” We believe  the government data our taxes paid for should be published online and in formats that the average person can use on their home computer, unless that data endangers public safety or personal privacy. We believe it is especially important for government to put data about spending online, particularly […]

Federal Freedom of Information Act Celebrates 50th Birthday with Big Makeover

President Obama marked the Fourth of July and 50th Birthday of the Freedom of Information Act by signing the  FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 into law. While the Federal FOIA was already the model public records law in the country, today’s amended version is even better for people making FOIA requests. Highlights of the new law […]

NY State ITS Launches Best Guidelines for Publishing Open Data We’ve Seen

This is super-wonky stuff, but we thought it worth a brief blog post to give a quick shout-out to the Open NY open data team at the State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). When it comes to open data, the devil is definitely in the details and Open NY’s new Open NY Data Set […]