Open data isn’t just in English — why should open data policy be?
Working every day on open data policies in American cities as part of the What Works Cities initiative, we at Sunlight’s local team can sometimes think we have open data policy figured out. Recently, we even wrote a model executive order for city halls and other governments to use as an “open data firestarter” — a starting point for community discussion about open data practices — and crowdsourced feedback on that that policy language to you, the open government community.
The resulting document, it is hoped, will serve as a helpful resource for any city hall or other government agency that is thinking about adopting an open data policy. But as our international policy team has suggested, in order for the document to truly serve any government agency, it must exist as more than just an English-language document.
That’s why we are proud to announce that Sunlight’s draft open data policy is now available in Spanish, thanks to a translation by our international policy intern, Isabel Vazquez.