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Boston Pushes City Data Transparency Via Open Source; Justin Holmes Comments

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DataGraphicBoston Mayor Martin Walsh has signed an executive order to open source municipal data as part of the city’s efforts to make the local government more transparent to the public, BostInno reported Monday.

The executive order calls for city departments to release public record data sets on Boston’s open data portal or through other methods, Nick DeLuca writes.

“First, it establishes an affirmative tone that the city should be opening up as many data sources as available,” interim city Chief Information Officer Justin Holmes said.

“Second, it allows [the CIO] to enact policy relative to the rules and regulations” for data usage, he added, according to the report.

The U.S. City Open Data Census ranks Boston second among 41 cities on data transparency quality and quantity, Holmes said.

Holmes’ office is also planning to map the city’s data on an interface for the public to download and interact with the data, DeLuca reports.

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