Draft of Baton Rouge’s first open data policy released for public review

    Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is seeking feedback on a draft copy of the city-parish’s first open data policy, which aims to make government more transparent and efficient at delivering services to Baton Rouge residents.

    The policy can be viewed online. Comments must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 24. After comments are received and incorporated or addressed as necessary, Broome’s office will submit a final version of policy to the Metro Council for approval.

    The policy is a byproduct of the city-parish’s new relationship with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Sunlight Foundation. It aims to expand and reinvigorate the city-parish’s open data program and Open Data BR portal by aligning local policies with national best practices.

    The city-parish announced the Bloomberg partnership through the national What Work Cities data initiative in September. Roughly 90 cities in 37 states participate in the initiative.

    “It is my sincere hope that by taking this latest step in public transparency in our city-parish government that we continue to demonstrate accountability to our citizens and identify new ways to utilize data that create efficiencies, spur innovation and catalyze growth,” Broome says in a statement.

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