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. Last updated November 2017.

What is City Data?.docx: High-level overview of public datasets and best practices for publishing data on the Open Data Portal. Last updated July 2017.

NYC Open Data Legislative Requirements.xlsx: Detailed description of each piece of relevant Open Data legislation, required data standards, and timeline for compliance. Last updated June 2017.

Open Data Dictionary Template.xlsx: Metadata template for individual datasets. All datasets require a plain-language data dictionary by December 31, 2017. Last updated April 2017.

Removing a Dataset from the Portal.pdf: Process and guidelines on removing an existing data asset from the Open Data Portal. Last updated February 2018.

Technical Standards Manual.pdf: The Technical Standards Manual (TSM) defines the citywide open data policies and standards. Last updated November 2016.

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.” Last updated April 2016.

For ODCs: Request a service from the NYC Open Data Team

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