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SCR-10 Open-Data-Day.(2013-2014)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution
No. 10

Introduced by Senator Yee

February 05, 2013

Relative to Open-Data Day.


SCR 10, as introduced, Yee. Open-Data-Day.
This measure would proclaim February 23, 2013, as Open-Data Day.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, “Open data” refers to information generated by public sector entities that is legally accessible and made available to the public electronically; and
WHEREAS, Public use of open data from government agencies offers an avenue toward a more open and transparent government; and
WHEREAS, The State of California recognizes that government functions best with an informed and engaged citizenry; and
WHEREAS, Increased access of electronic public records contributes to improved oversight by members of the public and contributes to more accountability on the part of public officials; and
WHEREAS, The availability of open data increases efficiency and stimulates innovation; and
WHEREAS, The State of California seeks to encourage the software community to develop applications and tools to collect, organize, and share public data in new ways; and
WHEREAS, The State of California seeks to encourage local governments and agencies to make available more public information, and to have the public information be more useful and easier to access; and
WHEREAS, The State of California encourages state and local public agencies to adopt and publicize practices consistent with this encouragement; and
WHEREAS, The purpose of Open-Data Day is to encourage participation in government and increase citizens’ access to public information; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby proclaims February 23, 2013, as Open-Data Day; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.