Mayor Announces New Open Data Legislation to Improve Transparency

Mayor Newsom Announces New Open Data Legislation to Improve Transparency First APPNation Conference highlights San Francisco as center of fast-growing app economy.

Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined regional and national app developers at the inaugural APPNation Conference to announce new open data legislation. The new “OpenGov” legislation aims to enhance open government, transparency, and accountability by requiring City agencies and departments to provide permanent data sources.

“San Francisco’s world class technology community will take City data we collect and develop new and innovative applications that will serve the public better and transform government,” said Mayor Newsom. “This new legislation not only fundamentally changes how we think about City government departments and the data they collect, but also leverages existing resources to improve the quality of life, stimulate industry and even create jobs in the booming software application industry.”

In 2009, Mayor Newsom issued an Open Data Executive Directive requiring City departments to make all non-confidential datasets under their authority available on, the city’s one stop web site for government data. More than 50 applications have been created from the City’s data (including Routesy, SFPark, CrimeMapping and Mom Maps) and are featured in the DataSF App Showcase ( There are dozens more in the pipeline. Read more.

Posted on September 13, 2010 | The comments to this entry are closed.