CHULA VISTA APPROVES OPEN DATA POLICY
The City of Chula Vista recently adopted an Open Data Policy to provide public access to the data and information the City develops and uses. The City recognizes that by making data publicly available and easily accessible, the City will empower the community, promote civic engagement, improve service delivery, and increase opportunities for economic development.
Among the data the City makes available to the public are:
- Asset Management Data – information about the conditions of roadways, parks, fields, drainage system, and other infrastructure
- Crime data – via Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS)
- Job Descriptions and Salaries
- Zoning and Permit Fee information
The development and implementation of the Open Data policy was launched as part of the City’s Smart City Action Plan. Chula Vista will continue to expand access to data giving residents a better understanding of how the City works by providing access to important data that helps guide the decision-making process.
Next steps are to inventory the various datasets the City produces and manages, identify what datasets are most important to residents, and determine how to make data more readily accessible to the public.
The Open Data Policy was one outcome of the City’s participation in the What Works Cities (WWC) initiative sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Launched in 2015, What Works Cities is a national initiative helping cities across the United States enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. As one of 100 cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Chula Vista received technical assistance from world-class experts to help build the capacity to address local issues using data and evidence.
Through the planning and execution of the Smart City Strategic Action Plan, which includes the Open Data initiative, the City will be able to provide enhanced customer service, share important public access data, provide a more connected workforce, reduce energy usage/costs, improve public safety service delivery, and ultimately improve the quality of lives for the citizens and visitors to Chula Vista.