Open Data Coordinators
About Open Data Coordinators
Each Agency must designate one of its employees as the Agency’s Open Data Coordinator (ODC). Each ODC will act as the coordinator of open data efforts for that Agency, and have the following responsibilities:
- Identify and enable the delivery of data sets to the Open Data portal;
- Develop the Agency portions of the citywide compliance report;
- Liaise with the Open Data team at the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DoITT);
- Address feedback from the public for the Agency’s public data sets; and
- Perform public outreach and presentations with the aim of increasing strategic use of the City’s data sets.
The ODC should be excited about government transparency, well-networked within their agency, deeply familiar with the agency’s business practices, and fluent with data.
Resources and Guidelines
2017 Open Data Plan: Itemized dataset publishing schedule for July 2017 – June 2018.
What is City Data?.docx: High-level overview of public datasets and best practices for publishing data on the Open Data Portal.
NYC Open Data Legislative Requirements.xlsx: Detailed description of each piece of relevant Open Data legislation, required data standards, and timeline for compliance.
Open Data Dictionary Template.xlsx: Metadata template for individual datasets. All datasets require a plain-language data dictionary by December 31, 2017.
Technical Standards Manual.pdf: The Technical Standards Manual (TSM) that defines the Citywide policies, standards, and guidelines required to support the legislation.
Department of Education (DOE) Data Publishing Instructions.pdf: Data publishing processes for DOE data owners.
FOIL Reporting Guidelines.pdf: Local Law 7 of 2016 mandates that agency records officers review responses to FOIL requests for datasets that may be eligible for publication on Open Data. This law also includes an oversight provision, which requires agencies to assemble three metrics on FOIL responses that have been issued between May 15, 2016 to May 15, 2017. These guidelines include the text of the LL7 and define “public dataset.”
Want to better understand who uses your agency’s data? As part of the de Blasio administration’s Open Data for All initiative, the Open Data team regularly conducts research on users to identify opportunities for improving engagement.
- “Empowering NYC Communities through the Use of NYC Open Data” (2016 Columbia SIPA capstone surveying Community-Based Organizations’ usage of Open Data)
- Reducing Data Poverty in NYC: Achieving Open Data for All (2016 NYU CUSP capstone quantifying gaps in Open Data representation at Community Board level)
- Reboot Spring 2017 User Research Report
- Open Data for All: 2017 Progress Report and Plan (also available in PDF). See especially: “User Stories”