Internal policy (2013)
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Title: Open Data
Category: Technology Communications
Sub Category: Records
Policy Statement: In order to ensure a more transparent, effective and accountable government, the City of Sacramento (City) shall make information available online using open data standards while complying with applicable law and adhering to City policies and procedures. This Open Data Policy is intended to improve the internal management of information controlled by the City and it is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, by a party against the City, its departments, divisions, its officers, employees, or agents. Nothing in this Data Policy alters, or impedes the ability to carry out, the authority of the City to perform responsibilities under the law and consistent with applicable legal authorities, appropriations, and City Manager guidance, nor does this Data Policy limit the protection afforded any information by other provisions of law.
Table of Contents:
Responsibility and Enforcement
Policy Open Data Review and Approval Procedure
Open Data Review and Approval Form Open
Document History: New
Management Primary Department: Office of the City Clerk Division: City Clerk Department ID: 04000011 Contact: Wendy Klock-Johnson, Assistant City Clerk (916) 808-7509, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Department(s): Information Technology
Regulatory References: California Government Code §34090 California Public Records Act-CPRA, Government Code §6250 et seq.
Applicability This policy and procedure applies to all City data presented to the public via the City of Sacramento’s open data portal at www.data.cityofsacramento.org.
City Clerk As the City’s official record keeper, the City Clerk or designee (Records Manager) will confer with appropriate stakeholders and the City Attorney, as appropriate, before approving data sets for delivery through the City’s Open Data Portal. All data sets accessed through the open data portals are confined to public information and must not contain any protected data as defined herein. If the city is notified that data on this data portal is factually inaccurate or misleading, or is protected data, the Records Manager shall as appropriate, promptly correct or remove such data from the City's data portal. Primary Data Custodian Requests for delivery of City data sets via the City’s Open Data Portal shall be submitted to the City’s Records Manager as designated by the City Clerk for vetting and approval. Enforcement Any data sets appearing on the City’s Open Data Portal that are not approved by the City’s Records Manager will be removed until the data is properly vetted.
California Public Records Act (CPRA) The California Public Records Act (California Government Code Section 6250 et seq provides for public access to governmental records, upon request, unless there is a legal basis not to disclose the records. Chief Information Officer (CIO) The Chief Information Officer is the Information Technology Department Director or designee and coordinates initiatives to improve City decision making and management by providing the Charter Officers with appropriate data analysis tools. Data Data means final versions of statistical or factual information that: is in alphanumeric form reflected in a list, table, graph, chart or other nonnarrative form, that can be digitally transmitted or processed; and is regularly created or maintained by or on behalf of the City and is controlled by the City; and records a measurement, transaction or determination related to the mission of the City. The term “data” shall not include image files, such as designs, drawings, photos or scanned copies of original documents; provided, however, that the term “data” shall include statistical or factual information about image files and geographic information system (GIS) data. Data Set Data Sets are named collections of related records, with the collection containing data organized or formatted in a specific or prescribed way, often in tabular form, and accessed by a specific method that is based on the data set organization.
Derivative Work Any work that is based in any manner or to any extent upon the Data, including, without limitation, any work that uses the Data in a modified form. Open Data Coordinator Open data coordinator means the person designated by a City department to coordinate data for release through the City’s open data portal, typically the records coordinator. Open Data Portal The Open Data Portal is the Internet site established and maintained by or on behalf of the City, located at www.data.CityofSacramento.org or its successor website. Protected Data Protected data is data or data set, or portion thereof, that is confidential, privileged, or otherwise exempt from disclosure to the California Public Records Act or any other law, rule or regulation. Public Data Public data is any data, or data set published via the Open Data Portal Records Manager
User The individual who downloads and uses the Data, including the Derivative Work.
Providing Available Data
The City of Sacramento (City) is committed to creating an unprecedented level of transparency, honesty and accountability to the public.
Timely and consistent publication of public information and data is an essential component of an open and effective government.
Interactive mechanisms that enable the public to provide feedback to the City through Social Media on the quality of its published information enable the City to respond to the feedback it receives.
The timely online publication of public data empowers Sacramento’s residents by providing them with information facilitating participation in local government in a meaningful manner. Access to information allows the public and businesses to assist in identifying possible solutions to pressing governmental problems, and to promote innovative strategies for social progress and economic growth. The City’s Records Manager and Chief Information Officer are uniquely qualified to facilitate expanded public access to information to make that information easily available online in a machine-readable, open format that can be easily retrieved, downloaded, indexed, sorted and searched utilizing readily available Web search applications and software. Open Data .
For purposes of identifying data sets for inclusion on the Open Data Portal, each department shall consider whether the information embodied in the data set: is identified in the City’s Record Retention Schedule; is appropriate for public release; is frequently the subject of a written request for public records of the type that a public body is required to make available for inspection or copying under California Public Records Act; increases accountability, efficiency, responsiveness or delivery of services; improves public knowledge of the City and its operations; furthers the City’s mission; creates economic opportunity; and is not a Protected Data set. All departments shall make reasonable and appropriate efforts to update its public data on a regular basis to the extent that the City regularly maintains or updates its data sets. Open Data Coordinator Each department director shall designate an Open Data coordinator to assist the department in implementing the City’s Open Data Policy, which includes; serving on the open data advisory group; meeting with the open data advisory group to discuss matters pertaining to open data, as needed; and assisting in the preparation of the annual open data compliance reports. Open Data Policy-Procedure -
City of Sacramento Open Data Portal A single web portal (SacCityData) shall be: established and maintained by or on behalf of the City of Sacramento; administered by Department of Information Technology; and located at www.data.cityofsacramento.org or its successor website. Any data set made accessible on the City’s Open Data Portal shall: use a format that permits automated processing of such data; and be accessible to external search capabilities. Protected Data shall not be posted to the City's Open Data Portal. The open data portal will be maintained by the Department of Information Technology who shall: collaborate with the City’s Record Manager and the City Attorney as appropriate, to determine appropriate data sets for release on the Open Data Portal; and catalogue and post on the Open Data Portal a list of all data sets available on the Portal. Open Data Advisory Group The Open Data Advisory group shall: be chaired by the Records Manager; include Open Data Coordinators from all City departments; assist in the creation of the annual Open Data Compliance Report; coordinate implementation, compliance and expansion of the City’s Open Data Policy; facilitate the sharing of information between City departments; and coordinate initiatives to improve City decision making and management through data analysis.
OPEN DATA REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCEDURE The following steps identify the actions required before data sets are released for publication by the City’s open data portal. This review and approval process is intended to facilitate the release of public data in accordance with the City's Open Data Policy. Who Action Requestor Complete the Open Data Review and Approval Form Attach a digital Data Set sampling to the Open Data Review and Approval Form Requestor Email Open Data Review and Approval Form to Clerk-Records@cityofsacramento.org with Email Subject: OPEN DATA REVIEW and APPROVAL Clerk-Records Review Open Data Review and Approval Form Review Sample Data Set for protected data Consult with City Attorney, if appropriate Consult with IT Open Data coordinator, if appropriate Clerk-Records If Data Set is approved, forward Open Data Review and Approval Form to: IT Open Data Coordinator, Requestor If Data Set NOT approved, forward Open Data Review and Approval Form to Requestor with a clear explanation of the reason for not publishing the Data Set via the City’s Open Data Portal. Requestor If Data Set is approved, provide IT Open Data Coordinator with Data Set access.
Warranty Disclaimer The Data, including the Derivative Work, may contain statistical or factual information that the City and/or any third party has/have compiled and processed. The User acknowledges, understands and agrees that the information in the Data, including the Derivative Work, may be incomplete and/or inaccurate and thus may not be relied upon by the User without the User’s independent verification. The User uses the Data, including the Derivative Work, at his/her own risk. The City makes no warranty, representation or guaranty as to the content, accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of any of the data provided at this website. The City disclaims any responsibility for any defect, deficiency, inaccuracy or incompleteness in or of the Data, including the Derivative Work. The Data, including the Derivative Work, are made available on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any express or implied warranty, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Limitation of Liability The City shall not be liable for: 1) any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the Data or Derivative Work provided at this website regardless how caused; and 2) any decision made or action taken or not taken by anyone using or relying upon Data or Derivative Work provided at this website. The City, its officials, officers, and employees will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special damages (including, without limitation, loss of use, time or data, inconvenience, commercial loss, lost profits or savings, or the cost of computer equipment and software), arising out of or related to the City's Data Portal, Data or Derivative Work, to the full extent that liability may be disclaimed by law.
This limitation of City liability applies to a third party claim against the User. The City is not liable for any damage to any computer that might occur during or as a result of accessing this website or the Data or Derivative Work therein. Indemnity To the full extent permitted by law, the User will indemnify, defend at his/her sole cost and expense, and hold harmless the City, its officials, officers, and employees from and against any claim, injury, liability, loss or damage of any kind, nature and description (including, without limitation, incidental and consequential damages, court cost, attorney’s fees and costs of investigation), that may arise, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the User’s download of and use of the Data, including the Derivative Work. The User’s obligation to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the City arises, even if the claim may be groundless, false or fraudulent; the obligation will arise at the time the City tenders the claim to the User and continues at all times thereafter. Miscellaneous Provisions The Terms represent the entire understanding and agreement regarding the User’s access and use of the Data, including the Derivative Work. The Terms are governed by and interpreted by the laws of the State of California without regard to any of its conflict of law’s provisions. Any dispute regarding the Terms will be resolved and settled by informal mediation or, if mediation should fail, by litigation. Any action at law or in equity will be commenced in a federal or state court located in the County of Sacramento, California; the User and the City consent to the venue and jurisdiction of such courts when the User expressly or impliedly accepts the Terms.
The City may modify the Terms at any time and post notice of the Terms’ modification(s) to the City’s website; the modification(s) will take effect immediately upon posting. The waiver of any default or breach will not constitute a waiver of any other right under the Terms or of any subsequent breach or default. If the City does not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy the City’s inaction will not be considered a formal waiver of the City’s rights. The City’s waiver of any of the Terms will be effective only if the waiver is made, in writing, and signed by the City’s duly authorized representative. If any of the Terms is determined to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the remaining provisions will nevertheless remain in full force and effect.