Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Annapolis resident Scott Shaffer to the state’s Council on Open Data. Shaffer, the former chief economist for Anne Arundel County, will serve on the 37-member council through 2018.
“I am honored and excited to be working alongside such an accomplished group in making Maryland’s state government more transparent, accessible, and accountable,” said Shaffer. “Open data empowers citizens, promotes efficiency in government, and strengthens our democracy. I commend Governor Hogan’s commitment to this important issue.”
The Council on Open Data was established to improve transparency in state government by making public information easy to find, accessible, and usable. Earlier this month, the group presented its annual report to Governor Hogan, citing progress in expanding the information currently published by state agencies, and setting goals to make budget, crime, and permitting data freely available for use by Maryland citizens. The council’s priorities for 2016 also include conducting a feasibility study of a centralized, statewide system for tracking Public Information Act (PIA) requests.
More information on the council can be found online at http://doit.maryland.gov/opendatacouncil.