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Open Data


Charles Roman

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With two recent initiatives, OhioCheckbook.com and DataOhio, Ohio is on the cutting edge of the open data movement, and with the right decisions and policies, it can become one of the leading states in the nation for access to open data, voluntarily and proactively released by the government. It is the future of public records. Rather than merely responding to requests, governments can post information online and citizens can more easily access the data thanks to advances in technology. Technology has changed the way public records are collected, stored, and made available. People no longer have to make requests for public data over the phone, through the mail, or by going to the public office and asking in person. Some governments, including the state of Ohio, are embracing open data. And while one program is still in its infancy and the other is still on the drawing board, they may demonstrate Ohio’s leadership in a complex and emerging area.