Back in March, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched “open.ny.gov” to provide one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. At the same time, the Governor also issued an Executive Order “directing state agencies to …review and catalogue data that they collect and take steps to make public data available on the website”. Open.ny.gov is offered as a shared resource to localities across New York state to help local governments cut down costs and improve efficiency in addition to increasing transparency. At the time of launch, the Counties of Essex, Oneida, Onondaga, and Suffolk as well as the City of Albany had already begun sharing their data on the website. The State also makes assistance available to all localities that choose to use the service.
On June 13, 2013, New York published its provisional open data guidelines and seek public comment on GitHub, an open source platform that allows for open collaboration and sharing.
Last Friday, the Governor took another step to put New York in an open data leadership position and announced that “Andrew Nicklin, Dr. James Hendler, and Dr. Theresa Pardo, three experts in improving government transparency through technology, will join the Open NY team to assist with the State’s efforts to improve government performance and enhance citizen engagement. Andrew Nicklin will serve as the Director of Open NY, Dr. James Hendler will serve as the State’s Open Data Advisor, and Dr. Theresa Pardo will serve as the State’s Open NY Policy Advisor.”