Mohler seeks cit­i­zen in­put on open data

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Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Don Mohler is ask­ing cit­i­zens what in­for­ma­tion and data they would like see dis­played in an easy-to-use for­mat on the Bal­ti­more County web­site at www. bal­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov. Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, county cit­i­zens may share their sug­ges­tions as to what data should be eas­ily avail­able on the county web­site by send­ing an email to trans­[email protected]­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov

“Our staff will eval­u­ate and dis­cuss ev­ery sin­gle sug­ges­tion that is re­ceived,” said Mohler. “The time is long over­due for Bal­ti­more County to be­come more open and trans­par­ent and move to­ward be­ing a truly open gov­ern­ment. Our team is cre­at­ing the OpenBaltCo page on the county’s web­site that will be avail­able by the end of the month. We will not wait un­til all of the data is com­piled be­fore start­ing this ini­tia­tive. We will be­gin by dis­play­ing data that is com­plete and then look to ex­pand that in­for­ma­tion as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Ear­lier this fall, Mohler ini­ti­ated the first com­mu­nity sur­vey of county cit­i­zens in a decade, and those re­sults will be avail­able in sev­eral weeks. OpenBaltCo is the first phase of the county’s full com­mit­ment to open data and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. “Step one is to get a large amount of im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions on the web and make it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to cit­i­zens,” said Mohler. “Step two will be to use that in­for­ma­tion in an in­ter­ac­tive way to help peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in a mean­ing­ful way in their gov­ern­ment.”

“I am very pleased that County Ex­ec­u­tive Mohler is be­gin­ning the county’s trans­for­ma­tion to en­gage the pub­lic in a mean­ing­ful way,” said County Ex­ec­u­tive Elect John Ol­szewski, Jr. “This is a great first step, and I can’t wait to hit the ground run­ning to build on this ef­fort and truly be­come a more open, ac­ces­si­ble, and trans­par­ent gov­ern­ment.”

“I was very sup­port­ive of the com­mu­nity sur­vey, and I am very sup­port­ive of this lat­est ef­fort to en­gage our com­mu­ni­ties in their gov­ern­ment,” said Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil Chair Ju­lian Jones. “How can you im­prove if you don’t know what the peo­ple that you rep­re­sent think?”

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