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

2018 Annual Reporting documents

2018 ODC Compliance Plan workbook.xlsx: ODCs should follow the instructions in the workbook to satisfy their agency’s 2018 Open Data reporting requirements. Last updated April 9 2018.

General Counsel Certification Letter: ODCs should have their General Counsels certify the accuracy and completeness of their workbooks when they submit. Last updated April 9 2018.

New York City Open Data Playbook: Annual Compliance Plan Reporting: Resource for the 2018 Annual Compliance Plan Reporting Process. Last updated May 2018.

DoITT Automation Guidelines.pdf: Guidelines on whether datasets can feasibly be automated. Last updated April 2018.

2017 Open Data Plan: Itemized dataset publishing schedule for July 2017 – June 2018. Last updated November 2017.

FOIL Reporting Guidelines.pdf: Local Law 7 of 2016 and Local Law 247 of 2017 mandate that agency records officers review responses to FOIL requests for datasets that may be eligible for NYC Open Data and report the results. These guidelines include the relevant text from the NYC Admin. Code and define “public dataset.” Last updated April 2018.

Other documents

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.

Open Data Collections Data Dictionary Template.xlsx: Metadata template for Data Collections. A Data Collection consists of multiple datasets related to each other through primary and foreign keys. Only one metadata template needs to be filled out for the entire Collection. Last updated April 2018.

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.

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.

Technical Standards Manual.pdf: The Technical Standards Manual (TSM) defines the citywide open data policies and standards. Last updated April 2018.

Department of Education (DOE) Data Publishing Instructions.pdf: Data publishing processes for DOE data owners.

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.

ODC Training Materials

On March 1 and 2, 2018, all NYC Open Data Coordinators attended mandatory trainings to onboard to the NYC Open Data platform, business processes, legal standards, and values. Slides from each section of the trainings are below:


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

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