“Open data” is currently a popular topic. By making more public data available for citizens to analyze, it becomes possible for them to better identify ways to improve the effectiveness of public policy and government programs. Open data offers an important contribution to transparency, however only a small, technologically astute minority of the public has the ability to process much of the raw public data. Though a number of people with the necessary skills are striving to make the raw data usable by the general public, effective transparency goes beyond that.
ew Article 6 -- The Amendment deletes the present Article 6: Community Advisory Boards which is now irrelevant because City Council abolished all of the City's Community Advisory Boards, effective December 31, 2000. In its place, the Amendment will substitute a new Article 6: Open Government which expands upon the recent Open Data legislation passed by City Council, providing greater opportunities for public participation in the governance of the city, including an ability for individuals to be notfied about legislative and administrative actions before they occur and assuring that Council and the Mayor give more attention to resident's input.