Data Policy (state level)


What data policies are in place in your state? If there’s an “Open Data” policy, how well does it work? How can Brigades work with lawmakers to craft more meaningful policies, and get rid of bad ones?
The 4 Buckeye Brigades are forming a mini-BAT to look at the status of Open Data in Ohio.


Ohh I missed something before when we discussed this @janmic

So right now, you’ve got your regional collaboration of brigades already underway, that might be kind-of BAT-like

I see two potential BATs here:

  1. The 4-brigade collaboration you have now could be indexed as a regional BAT and make use BAT resources (e.g. discourse, GitHub, online profile), connecting a finite set of brigades sharing a focus on Ohio State policy objectives
  2. A general state policy BAT to connect those folks with people doing similar work in other states to share experiences, references, materials, etc. Maybe even coordinate objectives and actions some day.

Would either/both help the Buckeye crew right now?

Do any other brigades or civic tech groups have active or recent state policy efforts?


Like so much of what we do, it’s near impossible to tell what will help/hinder an effort until we try it. We’re making this up as we go, so sure, let’s try the two tier and see if that clicks.

As for others working on policy, I believe CfA is doing so via the Clear my Record effort, though I’ve no idea if that is in conjunction with any brigade or in parallel. I reached out directly to Greg Jordan-Detamore Code for DC who works at the Sunshine Foundation where last year he authored this

and this

He gave us some suggestions for our Q&A coming up Saturday.
I still have a lot of homework to do.


You can find all the the state open data policies we’ve heard of as of Sept 2018 here: (the places listed as “state”)

It’s even easier to read the list of the 12 states here:
Note that that second link was created for internal use, and so there’s some filler text on the page and we’ve never promoted it or linked to it from the rest of the site. But the lists there are accurate for the policies that are included on the site.


Gregg - this makes me feel like a lottery winner- THANK YOU!!!