Council on Open Data
“It is the policy of the state that open data be machine readable and released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable, including through the use of open data portals.”
The Maryland Council on Open Data was established as part of the Open Data Act (State Government, Section 10-1501 through 10-1504). The duties of the Council are to recommend, coordinate, identify, advise, encourage, plan, promote, and advocate for Maryland’s open data.
The Maryland Council on Open Data has 37 members, including Cabinet agencies, five county representatives, and five private citizens. The Council Chair is the Secretary of the Department of Information Technology, with the Director of the Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement serving as the Vice-Chair. The Council meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. Meeting transcripts, Open Data Act law documents, access to Maryland’s open data portals and other information is available at opendata.maryland.gov.
Annual Open Data Report
Maryland's Open Data Program provides transparency so that businesses, residents, visitors, and civil servants can use state data to aid in decision making. The transparency of data helps improve accountability, as data owners share the responsibility for ensuring that data is accurate, up-to-date and available to the public. Each January, the Council on Open Data makes it's Annual Open Data Report available to the public.
Please explore the annual reports to see how Maryland continues to support Open Data.