In June, the County Manager’s Open Data Advisory Group compiled three recommendations for the County Manager’s consideration. The County Manager’s responses were discussed during the Group’s Sept 27 meeting. Below is a summary of the recommendations and the agreed-upon actions.
Recommendation #1: Build Inventory of County Data Assets to Publish as Open Data
Action: County staff recently completed an initial Data Inventory of the County’s major lines of business data and other key data assets. Each item in the inventory is tagged with the type of data collected. All the datasets that include open data will be evaluated for priority and feasibility, and an overall schedule for open data publication posted to the Arlington community around June 2019.
Recommendation #2: Evaluate Level of effort Required to Standardize County Data Definitions
Action: County staff will begin by collecting definitions for each column in a dataset published to the Open Data Portal, including going back to define datasets already published. When complete, County staff will complete an initial analysis of datasets that include similar information and develop a level of effort to work with the owning departments to standardize definitions and format. Priority and schedule will be considered further at that time.
Recommendation #3: Convert PDFs on County Website to Open Data
Action: County staff will take an initial look at the content of ~10K PDFs currently on the County’s website and identify those that contain data tables that may be converted to open data. Candidate PDFs will be considered along with the open dataset candidates identified via the Data Inventory from Recommendation #1.