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NJ to create central open data site

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an open data law that requires agencies to publish their data on the internet so that citizens, businesses and other executive branch agencies have free and easy access to information.

Signed on Feb. 6, the New Jersey Open Data Initiative will expand on the state’s current Open Data Center and the Transparency Center — which house the state’s financial data as well as some mapping files and a licensed child care center search function, according to NJ Spotlight.

Responsibility for overseeing and implementing the open data site falls to the Treasury Department’s Liz Rowe, the deputy CTO for policy and New Jersey’s chief data officer.

For the central site, agencies can provide non-proprietary, machine-readable datasets or provide a link to open data on their own sites.

The law is similar to those passed in cities and states around the country. The measure received strong support in both houses, passing the Senate by a 30-9 vote last June and the Assembly 72-2 last December.

Posted by Susan Miller on Feb 08, 2017 at 11:17 AM


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