During yesterday’s State of the State speech, Governor Cuomo announced that he intends to implement a comprehensive statewide open data portal.

Woohoo!!!  This news brings back memories of us literally jumping up and down in Sami’s basement when we heard the unexpected news of NYC passing its Open Data Law.

But then, we tempered our celebration when we found out that  unlike NYC, there was no law to mandate Open Data statewide.  In our view, its critical that a law be put in place to ensure that this Open Data initiative is sustained beyond gubernatorial election cycles.

Perhaps, Governor Cuomo can push through a law similar to NYC’s Local Law 11 of 2012 and appoint a statewide Open Data Tzar (NYC has one with Andrew Nicklin), who will then have the necessary “sticks and carrots” to push through Open Data initiatives.

Governor Cuomo, assuming he wins reelection, has till 2018 to pass through a statewide Open Data Law.   By then, NYC’s Open Data Portal would be fully operational with all, if not most of the City’s data.

As they say, hope springs eternal.

* Cross-posted from http://www.pediacities.com/2013/01/new-york-state-the-empire-state-of-data/

AuthorJoel Natividad